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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (February 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156029030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156029032
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR DELTA OF VENUS
"A joyous display of the erotic imagination."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Inventive, sophisticated . . . highly elegant naughtiness."-Cosmopolitan


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Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) was born in Paris and aspired at an early age to be a writer. An influential artist and thinker, she wrote primarily fiction until 1964, when her last novel, Collages, was published. She wrote The House of Incest, a prose-poem (1936), three novellas collected in The Winter of Artifice (1939), short stories collected in Under a Glass Bell (1944), and a five-volume continuous novel consisting of Ladders to Fire (1946), Children of the Albatross (1947), The Four-Chambered Heart (1950), A Spy in the House of Love (1954), and Seduction of the Minotaur (1961). These novels were collected as Cities of the Interior (1974). She gained commercial and critical success with the publication of the first volume of her diary (1966); to date, fifteen diary volumes have been published. Her most commercially successful books were her erotica published as Delta of Venus (1977) and Little Birds (1979). Today, her books are appearing digitally, most notably The Portable Anaïs Nin (2011).

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This book is full of amazing short erotica stories.
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Anais Nin is one of my favorite writers and Delta of Venus is one of her best books.
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It's kind of just left there...unfinished... unsatisfying.
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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Lance C. Panzer on August 9, 2000
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Delta of Venus joyously explores the art of human sexuality. Anais Nin's writing style is at once lyrical and straightforward. While she leaves no doubt in the reader's mind just what is going on, her countless love scenes are imbued with so much warmth and dignity that one could scarcely find them offensive. But most importantly, Anais understood that sex is nothing without emotion, and it's the emotions of her myriad characters that cause the reader to turn happily florid with every page. She understood that while sex is not to be taken lightly, it's certainly not something to be restrained, either. Lastly, of all the locales depicted in this collection of stories, she lends a special affection to Paris. I suspect that of all of Anais' lovers, the City of Light was the dearest to her heart, to wit: "At five I always felt shivers of sensuality, shared with the sensual Paris. As soon as the light faded, it seemed to me that every woman I saw was running to meet her lover, that every man was running to meet his mistress." and "But we were enjoying an orgasm, as couples do in doorways and under bridges at night all over Paris."
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1999
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This is the first of Nin's works I have read. I had no idea erotica could be so exciting! I had always been turned off by it because it seems very male-centered and raunchy. Nin manages to be sensual without being crude. Her feminine style makes the text sexier. I'm definately going to read her other works. A must read for any woman.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
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Looking for erotica that is not too far over the edge into bizarre? Although the language in the book is quaint due to the era in which it was written, it is still lushly erotic and perfect for reading to your significant other. Nin's writing style draws the reader into a private world of erotic pleasures, with detailed yet tasteful descriptions of wonderfully sensual scenes.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Wonderland TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2006
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This book was first published in 1969, and is the work of that queen of the sensual, Anais Nin (1903-1977). The book is a collection of fifteen short stories. The stories themselves are not always entire narratives in the traditional sense. They do not necessarily tell an entire story, but what they do do is paint with words an erotic feeling.

Yes, if you are expecting Penthouse Forum, you will be very disappointed. But, don't get the idea that this is some sort of chic-lit. Within these stories are described scenes of rape, bondage, incest, and much more. No, this is a fascinating work of erotica, one that describes human sexuality in terms of feelings and desires, rather than as a purely mechanical affair.

This is a profoundly deep book of erotica, one that I give my highest recommendations to. Buy it and read it!

(Review of Delta of Venus)
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
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This book was intense, graphic, sensual, moving, deliriously engaging. It was the second book I'd read by Nin (Little Birds was the first) and I especially enjoyed the second half. Her stories offer a three-dimensional perspective on sex, love, lust--I loved it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 31, 2005
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Other reviewers have used "poetic" several times, so that sort of leaves that one out for me. This is though, some of the best writing, erotic and non-erotic, you will find. The writer approaches the subject with great passion, and there is no way you cannot appreciate her use of words. I enjoyed and think quite highly of the author's Little Birds, but I do feel she probably does even a better job with this one. If you buy one of the works, you might as well go for both of them as each belongs in your collection. Recommend this one highly.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Book Princess on May 1, 2008
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I had to find out what all the hype was about over this particular writer of erotic literature. And I must say, I found her writing to beautifully constructed. But I found many of the stories to be so twisted that it left a bad taste in my mouth.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. T. A. Oliveira on November 20, 2005
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`Most of the time the sexual life is a secret', says somebody in a story called "Marianne" in Anaïs Nin's seductive "Delta of Venus". Assuming that this sentence is a universal truth, the writer exploits the dark and not-so-dark secrets of some people's lives with her short tales collected in this book.

As one of her characters, Nin is a `woman of most exquisite refinement'. With her prose she is interested more in dealing with the senses than with facts and events. So much so that the stories are built out of images of a dreamscape rather than real situations. The real situations do exist but they are just an excuse to invade another territory: the one of love.

When it comes to love, Nin deals with it in two different spheres in the stories of "Delta of Venus". There is the carnal love -- that one that gives pleasure to the body -- and the spiritual one -- that one that give pleasures to the soul. But most characters are in search of a kind of love that conjures both types. Needless to say that it is hard to find, almost impossible. However, Nin and her creations never give up.

Her feminine point of view brings refreshment and charm to a field dominated by man: erotica. Explicit at some point, but never vulgar, Nin seduces both male and female readers because, above all, she has written good fiction. The erotic aspect is, after all, just a detail in her net of relationships, lovers and friends. Her exposition of dark secrets of desire and the human soul is true and sincere. "Delta of Venus" is a book that will be read for many years to come -- probably forever -- because of its beauty and, mainly, because of its realistic portray of sensuous love.
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