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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486498573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486498577
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic literary exploration of sexual dominance and submission, this 1870 novel helped introduce the term "masochism" into the language of psychiatry. Author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch drew on his own experiences in the creation of this timeless psychodrama, the chronicle of a nobleman's slavish obsession with a voluptuous, whip-wielding beauty.

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Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch was an Austrian writer of fiction and short stories, who inspired the clinical category of Masochism . His complex sexual fantasies, involving the love of pain and submission, ignited a once secretive pursuit into that of a recognised fetish. His masterpiece inspired a famous song of the same name by The Velvet Underground, and continues to be referred to as a defining work within the realm of erotic literature.


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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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_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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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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I'm halfway through and it is a very different book from the norm so far. Almost all dialogue, it is a fascinating and riveting read. One can feel oneself being drawn into the minds of the protagonists, seeing both of their points of view almost independently, without referencing them to reach other. I'm intrigued to see if Masoch brings other central characters into play and whether he can maintain that feeling with more than two main voices. Highly recommended.
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Filled with typos and misprints. Barely resembles the original texts there are so many errors. Whole paragraphs have just been chopped off the end of a page midway through a sentence.
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