Delta of Venus: Erotica by Anaïs Nin

Delta of Venus: Erotica by Anaïs Nin

by Anaïs Nin
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Delta of Venus: Erotica by Anaïs Nin by Anaïs Nin

An extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the mistress of erotic writing

 

In Delta of Venus, Anais Nin pens a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents. Among these provocative stories, a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women then vanishes with their money; a veiled woman selects strangers from a chic restaurant for private trysts; and a Parisian hatmaker named Mathilde leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547538679
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/02/2004
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 46,730
File size: 540 KB

About the Author

Ana-s Nin (1903-1977) was born in Paris and aspired at an early age to be a writer. An influential artist and thinker, she was the author of several novels, short stories, critical studies, a collection of essays, two volumes of erotica, and nine published volumes of her Diary.

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Delta of Venus 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be highly disturbing. If you're looking for a sultry read I would definitly NOT recommend. I am about as open minded and sexually liberated as they come and usually I thoroughly enjoy erotica. However, I could not get past the first chapter of this book. This is the first and only book I have ever returned and received a refund for within two hours of purchasing it. Within the first chapter, the author begins depicting sex games between an adult male and 10 & 12 years old girls! She then describes the main charachter raping his daughters and forcing sexual acts on his sleeping son. How is this 'exquisite' literature?!? Would it be okay to purchase a video or a photograph of this happening? Condoning imagery of forced sex with children is far beyond acceptable imagery. By allowing these kinds of images to be glorified we are saying 'it's okay to think about children in a sexual way.' Not only is that disturbing but its not EROTIC! That is terrifying! There are a great many things we adults may fantasize about doing to each other. There are plenty of people in the world who think even consenting adults shouldn't be able to control their own sex lives. I am not one of those. I do, however, feel that children have NO PART of adult fantasies. I'm amazed that this book has come so far with people glorifying such sad acts as 'erotica.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to read erotica as much as the next sexually charged female - when it involes adults. I cannot begin to express my disgust over the first story in this book. If this story were in pictoral form someone would be going to jail because it would be child pornography!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ABUSE SURVIVORS SHOULD AVOID THIS LIKE THE PLAGUE. I find it deeply disturbing that so many people review and write about this book of erotica without ever mentioning that it includes scenes of horrible child abuse. As an abuse survivor and a human with a soul, I really, really wish I could unread the few sentences I skimmed. I'm fine with literally anything sexual that happens between consenting adults; I'm also fine with authors delving into upsetting subjects.  But portraying child abuse as erotic is absolutely horrifying. It is beyond me how anyone can say  that Nin's "love scenes are imbued with so much warmth and dignity that one could scarcely find them offensive." I'm sure this book includes normal-enough sex scenes between adults, but it also portray life-shattering trauma inflicted on defenseless children as sexy. If you don't find that offensive, I'm very concerned about the impact you are going to have on other people. Read this book only if  you have a strong stomach, no personal connection to child abuse, and a highly developed ability to overlook disturbing content and focus on the rest, or 2. You are a horny sociopath obsessed with your own intellect, who could care less about the real-life consequences of abuse and who enjoys fine prose and jacking off to your abstract philosophies about Human Sexuality At It's Most Uncensored. Or something.
OpenWindows More than 1 year ago
In this book, Nin describes a world of sensuality with no boundaries. To the naysayers, she is not describing something one would actually do. And the point is to describe debauchery at its worst in the most sensual terms and she does it well. The beauty of this book is unsurpassed in modern erotic literature. Nin takes us to new highs and lows in an effort to describe what makes us sexual beings. I admire her well-crafted prose and enjoy her attention to imagery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book at the tender age of 14. As a you male starting out on my own awakening, I was overwhelmed with the imagination, eroticism and pure delight reading this book. Fast forward 22 years later. I've re-ordered this book to read agian and to add it to my private library. A must read for everyone, but especially for, in my view, MEN! As a happily married man, this book taught me many things in the development of me becoming that man/person that I am today. Nin, bless her soul, was a woman way ahead of her time and growth. Strong, proud, a seeker of truths that are within us all. BRAVO. Buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anais makes love while wrapped in irony. She strokes her lover like a pet boa, the snake within and the tigress without. Anais makes love in willful uncertainty, always aware of the tentative touch, the quotable caress, the trespass between raw nerves and a gift of nature. Anais makes love like a cellist, never knowing for sure whether she is the musician or the sonorous body that made the sound.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading an erotic story and it's may be my last. Because I had about $2.15 left, I just want to spend it on an ebook which I saw it under the $2.99 and below list on my nook hd+. And figure what the hell it's my first time and bad are they from those chick books I've read before from my ex's girlfriend. (Wish I could get my money back.) Anyway, some of story except one, the one in the being was sick, were mostly sad or some innocent person become a harlot or happy cause they slept with everything in life that was in there path. Well some folks will like it and some won't. So I gave it a 2 star cause some of the short story were okay. Happy Valentine
XmacAttack More than 1 year ago
This is my first exposure to this genre. WOW! Nin knew her stuff. She made even the most debauched behavior seem sensual at the same time. This is not romance. This is the physical side. The cover is so beautiful. It conveys the idea of the book perfectly-sexy without being dirty. Take a couple of hours and dive right in.
jamsreadsbooks More than 1 year ago
I’m going to say right off the bat that this book is definitely not for everyone. Many of the stories feature some very specific kinks that to most will no doubt be gut wrenching. I listed some of the worst in my warnings below as a fair warning for those that haven’t read the book. There are good number of stories in this collection that are pretty disturbing and violent, that made me really uncomfortable reading. I could never recommend this book to the average reader looking for your run of the mill pornography. I will however say that I understand why this book is hailed as a literary masterpiece and has become a pioneer of feminist fiction. The stories written for this compilation were all commissioned by a private collector that had instructed Nin to exclude romance and poetry in favor of graphic and sexually explicit stories, which she carried out the latter in great detail. Despite this, Nin was still able to add her personal touch that gave many of the short stories several layers that went beyond sex and explored themes of love, sensuality, and female eroticism as compared to men. She places great distinction between male and female sexuality that is presented elegantly even against the most graphic and sordid scenes. The biggest issue I had with this collection, besides the distressing nature of many of the stories, was the focus on a set of recurring characters over the course of multiple stories. Most of them started out alright at first, but as I got further into the book I started to dislike all of these characters and had to slog through the second half of the book. I found them to be dreadfully boring and almost put the book down entirely. I had to give this one at least a three for the talented writing alone, but I can’t say that I really enjoyed the book despite how beautifully it was written. It’s memorable, but it isn’t exactly one that I’d say that I remember fondly.
MargoH More than 1 year ago
Five stars if you are into erotica.... 0 stars if you are not. For erotica fans, this book is a winner. The thing that distinguishes it from all of the modern mindless spin-offs of 50 Shades of Gray is that it has some class and is, in fact, a classic.. Anais Nin is a renowned author of a previous generation, primarily thought of as a diarist. As a friend of famous author Henry Miller, another classic author of racy fiction, she wrote this in response to his advice about how to sell books: i.e., write about sex.
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No doubt no longer under cooyright
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No matter how many times I tried, I just couldn't get into this writing format...
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