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Venus in Furs

Venus in Furs [Kindle Edition]

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
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What woman doesn't secretly wish for a submissive man to hand her the whip? Severin is a young nobleman who can only love the most ruthless of women—one who will make him bleed and hurt—and so offers himself to the wealthy and beautiful Wanda to pursue his darkest dreams. Although he at first revels in the submission, he soon realizes that Wanda may be too good at dominating him . . . But he is now powerless to escape. Published in 1870, the classic erotic story Venus in Furs defined for the first time what we now call sadomasochism.


This classic 19th century novel was the firs t uncompromising exploration of the dominant/submissive rela tionship in literature. The alliance of Severin and Wanda ep itomises the author''s obsession with a cruel, controlling go ddess '

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 286 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dirty Joe Books (15 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6DQ02S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Those interested in abnormal psychology will find this a "must" book. It is a tribute to the open-mindedness of modern publishing that such an extreme text which was for so long out of print and unavailable in English, is here offered to the reader at a knock-down price. Even the most casual reader cannot avoid being at once fascinated and repelled by the graphic descriptions of morbid yearnings never satisfied despite beatings, humiliations and tortures to soul and body. The painting about which Sacher-Masoch dreamed so vividly and to which frequent reference is made throughout the text is officially titled "Venus with a Mirror" by Titian, and perhaps it would have been preferable if the front cover image more nearly reflected this source of the author's inspiration. Might I suggest that the prospective book-buyer would be well advised to read in addition or instead, the arguably more accomplished books by Madame de Morville, titled La Dominatrice, Slaves of Isis, and The Chateau, to name but three.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "In love not given lightly...." 16 Oct 2010
Its difficult to truly describe a book such as this. I originally wanted to read it after learning that we get the word masochism from the author's name, being a creature of research I also purchased the complete works of the Marquis de Sade but that's a review for another time. I fell in love with this book, when early on I came upon this quote,

"Love knows no virtue, no profit; it loves and forgives and suffers everything, because it must. It is not our judgment that leads us; it is neither the advantages nor the faults which we discover that make us abandon ourselves or that repel us.
It is a sweet, soft, enigmatic power that drives us on. We cease to think, to feel, to will; we let ourselves be carried away by it, and ask not whither."

Utterly beautifully put. The main character Severin (heavily influenced from the authors own life) can become annoying with his devotion at time, but I look upon him with the eyes of a Mistress and not as someone that feels his plight. I also recommend listening to "Venus in Furs" by The Velvet Underground, also Dave Navarro does a great cover version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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'Venus in Furs' is the story of Severin von Kusiemski, a young man who falls passionately in love (or lust?, you decide) with a flame-haired beauty called Wanda von Dunajew. Initially he wants Wanda to be his wife but says that, if she is unable to commit in this way, he will become her slave to do with as she will.

This is a story about sexual obsession, cruelty and humiliation, and although it was written in the late nineteenth century the psychological power of the novel is still pretty shocking. (Just as an aside, if you are reading this for its pornographic content, you might be better looking elsewhere!) It becomes even more fascinating when you read the introduction and find that much of the novel mirrors Sacher-Masoch's life!

An interesting and thought provoking read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars derivation of the term "masochism" 25 July 1997
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_Venus in Furs, a Novel: Letters of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Emilie Mataja_ by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch contains the both the story "Venus in Furs" and a selection of letters between Sacher-Masoch and budding writer, Emilie Mataja.

"Venus in Furs" is about a man who is obsessed with having his new mistress treat him like a slave. In particular, he wants her to become his ideal "venus in furs" and begs her to don furs and wield a whip against him. His desire to be treated as such is tested when she convinces him to sign an agreement to be her slave. The story is well-written, and one becomes drawn into the misery experienced by the man as his mistress becomes progressively more cruel.

The letters between Sacher- Masoch and Mataja show Sacher-Masoch's inability at times to separate his fiction from his real life. Sacher-Masoch speaks of his married life and encourages Mataja in her writing, but his
professional encouragement is shot through with requests to meet Mataja so that he can be whipped by her while she is wearing fur.

Although there are certainly more graphically erotic examples present in current fiction, this book is a must read for those wanting to know why Sacher-Masoch's writings inspired Krafft-Ebing to create the term "masochism."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tender, loving but brutal. One mans ideal? 25 July 2006
This 19th Century classic seems to be considered the beginning of sexual exploration within the mainstream, indeed it is considered that its author Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch gave his name to masochism (although not consciously).

The story is told through a journal of one man: Severin von Kusiemski, a man of good standing within the community but who harbours a deep routed desire to become the slave of a goddess wearing fur. His choice coining her the Venus in Furs is no coincidence for he worships at statues of Venus herself and when he stumbles upon Wanda von Dunajew he feels his search is at an end.

Wanda is for me the far more fascinating of the two characters and arguable would have been a far more interesting character to use as the point of view for this novel. She has depth through the need to explore a chilling dark side that before Severin she was unaware of but you get the feeling that whole time this dark side is a façade, a front that doesn't truly exist and in fact it is her submitting to Severin in her quest to make him happy. This paradox explodes wonderfully towards the end of the book and (for me) you truly see how unprepared Severin is for the path he has chosen, Wanda concocts one last punishment for Severin but again you can clearly see the great love that has gone into doing just that - a women unhappy in her role but seemingly unwilling not to continue for fear of losing the man she loves, until finally he pushes her too far.

I felt the pace of the book was off, we fall far too quickly into the depraved relationship without enough of the build up work, it's like passing your driving test and hoping into a Ferrari - no satisfaction if you can't prang the Metro first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "You have corrupted my imagination and inflamed my blood..."
When you enter into the world of Venus in Furs you must try and place yourself within the time of the novel's original publication. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rosemarie
4.0 out of 5 stars Venus in Furs
This is a really great publication. It is well-written and remains a classic of its genre. It is definitely worth reading.
Published 10 months ago by Andrew William Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars The archetype of masochism: defining or misleading?
For generations of readers and thinkers, Sacher-Masoch's novel (1870) has defined the archetype of masochism. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by stephen paine colors of passion
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not live up to my high hopes!
I'm choosey about any erotica and had heard great things about this book. Whilst of interest to an erotica lover and interesting to dip into, I was disappointed and found the book... Read more
Published on 19 May 2012 by Caroline
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay as an amuse-bouche
I have not yet met a man who wants me to put on ermine and trample his supine body but that doesn't mean I'm not willing to give it a try. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by Vanessa Wu
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of a genre....
You can guess the subject matter from the authors name, Masoch. Of course the masochism is not as explicit as one might expect due to the times it was written, but the... Read more
Published on 25 April 2008 by grr
4.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre literature
For those who wish to become possessed with the parodies and ironies involved in eighteenth century literature, this book is sure to stun. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2007 by Ian Caithness
3.0 out of 5 stars More difficult then erotic
Mid nineteenth century erotic literature. Know your classics, his surname gives it away. The man who gave masochism it's name. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2003 by Gerben Kappert
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