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Venus in Furs

Sacher-Masoch, Leopold

(Book - 2000)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Venus in Furs
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Venus in Furs describes the obsessions of Severin von Kusiemski, a European nobleman who desires to be enslaved to a woman. Severin finds his ideal of voluptuous cruelty in the merciless Wanda von Dunajew. This is a passionate and powerful portrayal of one man's struggle to enlighten and instruct himself and others in the realm of desire. Published in 1870, the novel gained notoriety and a degree of immortality for its author when the word "masochism"--derived from his name--entered the vocabulary of psychiatry. This remains a classic literary statement on sexual submission and control.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2000
ISBN: 9780140447811
0140447814
Branch Call Number: FICTION SACHERMAS 2000
Characteristics: xxx, 126 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Neugroschel, Joachim

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Dec 24, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Pleasure alone makes existence worthwhile." Man those Europeans can be some kinky mofos. This 19th century novel is about a dude who pledges himself to the title character and lets himself be subjected to bondage, whipping and boot licking. . .And he likes it! The word "masochism" comes from the author's last name and The Velvet Underground wrote a song called "Venus in Furs." I don't know if Iggy Pop was familiar with it, but at one point the protagonist Severin says "I want to be your dog!" Come on! Yeah, some sexy, perverse stuff from across the pond.

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