Venus In Furs

Venus In Furs

by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch
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Venus In Furs by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch

First published in 1870, Venus in Furs gained for its author both notoriety and a degree of immortality when the word "masochism"--derived from his name--entered the psychiatric lexicon. The novel describes the sexual obsessions of Severin von Kusiemski, a European nobleman with the desire "to be the slave of a woman." Severin finds his ideal of voluptuous cruelty in the merciless Wanda von Dunajew.

Not simply a lurid tale of sexual perversion, nor a Victorian fantasy of antique decadence, Venus in Furs is a passionate and powerful portrayal of one man's struggle to enlighten and instruct himself and his world in the realm of desire. Influential on Freud, Thomas Mann, and Arthur Schnitzler, Venus in Furs remains a classic literary statement on sexual submission and control.

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895) was born in the Galician city of Lemberg. A novelist and poet, he is also known for his Stories of the Russian Court.
Joachim Neugroschel, who has also translated Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha and Thomas Mann's Death in Venice for Penguin Classics, is the recipient of three PEN translation awards and a French-American translation prize.
Larry Wolff is a professor of history at Boston College.

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ISBN-13: 9781440416866
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/16/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

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Venus in Furs (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Tetragramaton More than 1 year ago
Now i just find out from where the term of ''Masochism'' is coming from. The book is brilliant i finished it in one day . You agree or not with Masochism is truly disturbing to see how far an obsession of a man can go. Remember fellows ! One obsession can finish one true love relationship.
Absinthe909 More than 1 year ago
"Venus in Furs" is truely beautiful. If you haven't read it yet, you need to. Definitely has landed itself in my top 5 favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read, witty and a must read
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