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Venus in Furs Paperback – October 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1492242017 ISBN-10: 1492242012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492242012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492242017
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A timeless volume, recommended for bed-sitting aesthetes everywhere. -- Small Press

The quintessential Sacher-Masoch novel, in which he most succinctly sets out his obsessions. --John Strausbaugh, New York Press

About the Author

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch was born in 1836 in Lemberg in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A prolific novelist, playwright, and historian, he is best known for his erotic obsession with being flagellated by despotic women. He is the man who inspired the word "masochism." In addition to Venus in Furs (1870), Sacher-Masoch's works include Don Juan of Kolomea (1865), Female Sultan (1873), and Galician Stories (1875). He died in Lindheim, Germany in 1895.

Matthew Kaiser is Associate Professor of English at Harvard University.

Customer Reviews

It was a bit bizarre, but I guess it is interesting if you have an open mind.
S. Nowell
Just like with "Story of O", the main focus of the book isn't on the sex, but on the mental aspects of the relationship.
Davida C.
The book is well written and it really focuses on the twisted psychology behind human relationships.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jrock-kodama on April 15, 2013
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Unlike most of the dime-a-dozen contemporary BDSM stories that you'll find out there, this tale of sado-masochism does not have the sleazy, oily, smug air that authors usually end up imparting: the author stands back from his characters and doesn't judge them or force them to flash brilliantine-white "I'm hot, you want me and you know it, babe" smiles at their audience.

Severin, the protagonist, feels authentic and passionate. His myopic memoir view of his "Venus in Furs" leaves you wondering how much of her is real love and vicious cruelty and how much is projected by him, adding complex psychological and emotional depth and leaving more questions unanswered than the tidy ending intimates. Did he finally live out and exhaust his youthful trauma induced coping fantasies, or just run from life, and become bitter? We'll never truly know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GILLIAN WILTON on August 11, 2013
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Venus in Furs, as a play, has been showing recently in Brisbane, Australia to rave reviews. i was so intrigued by the play & had no idea that the word 'masochism' was named after the author of the book with the same name as the play. Having done some research of Sacher- Masoch before reading the book, I commenced with trepidation, but the book was very readable in the context of the time & was quite 'tame' in comparison to the play by David Ives. Do your research first as it makes the book more enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Brucia on March 28, 2013
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The writing is not great and the ending is a bit disappointing, but Venus In Furs explores what I'd call romantic masochism sensitively. It's not 'porn' as much as an exploration of a corner of kink that's somewhat neglected. I'd expected something on the order of the Marquis de Sade's Justine and was pleasantly surprised at "Venus In Furs".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By debaserphoto on January 19, 2014
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I read this book before and loved it. I was excited to see it for free in the Kindle store so I added it to my collection.

All I have to say is don't waste your time with 50 Shades of Gray. This is a classic novel and love story of submission to a lover. Extremely well written and very erotic. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James on August 17, 2014
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This story is unlike anything I have read and for that reason it is worth reading. It is well written and you will want to finish it as soon as you start reading it. You may hate the story for its content, but you won't soon forget it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lawless on September 4, 2014
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Although this is a classic of erotic/BDSM literature (it is, after all, from Sacher-Masoch's name that we get the term masochism), it is (not surprisingly, given when it was written) not explicit about anything other than the psychology of the characters. To some (maybe many), Severin's submission to his mistress will read as craven; our constructs of masculinity do not include what appears to be abusive and capricious behavior by a woman to her lover, and the fact that he asks for her to act that way may only make him harder to understand. Given the consequences for Severin's relationship with his beloved, the book can't be read as a ringing endorsement of female dominance, either.
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This updated translation of the Masoch classic is well done although there are some grammatical errors in this edition.
The book is definitely worth reading BEFORE you see the Roman Polanski movie; so you can differentiate the actual novel from the movie dialog. The movie is about a director and an actress who intend to perform a stage version from the novel. So there's nothing graphic in the movie and worth seeing in terms of male-female dynamics. Certain scenes from the novel are pantomimed only. The novel is much more than the Lou Reed song! The basic message: NEVER let your love for another person allow you to submit to complete enslavement. No matter how gratifying it may be at any one point, it will not end well for you. As I read the novel, especially toward the end, I often thought, "No, Sererin, you're not gonna agree to THAT!" It's worth noting how, in the book, Vanda is reluctant to acting with cruelty and only gives in when he pleads for it. It's sort of a kinky "Gift of the Magi" with both trying to prove their love to the other.It's worth reading with a small (co-ed) group and discussing later.
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A lot of what I expected, I was captivated, intrigued and empowered in such strange ways. If only more books from Sacher-Masoch were in English.
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