Venus in Furs

Venus in Furs

Written by: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Introduction by: Larry Wolff
Translated by:

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  • 160 Pages
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Venus in Furs describes the obsessions of Severin von Kusiemski, a European nobleman who desires to be enslaved to a woman. Severin finds his ideal of voluptuous cruelty in the merciless Wanda von Dunajew. This is a passionate and powerful portrayal of one man’s struggle to enlighten and instruct himself and others in the realm of desire. Published in 1870, the novel gained notoriety and a degree of immortality for its author when the word “masochism”—derived from his name—entered the vocabulary of psychiatry. This remains a classic literary statement on sexual submission and control.

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Venus in Furs

Venus in Furs

Written by: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Introduction by: Larry Wolff, Translated by: Joachim Neugroschel