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Delta of Venus

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  9,442 ratings  ·  566 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by Mariner Books (first published 1969)
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Melissa
I was first introduced to Anais Nin by my boyfriend, who bought me a first edition of Little Birds on Valentines Day a couple of years ago. I was surprised to discover that it wasn't raunchy or esoteric at all, but very accessible, very beautiful, and (naturally) very sensual. At an estate sale recently I came across Delta of Venus and picked it up partly out of interest in Nin's writing and partly because it was a vintage book and I love vintage books. Delta of Venus is far sexier than Little B...more
Aubrey
3.5/5

Let's get one thing straight. This is erotica. Erotica erotica erotica erotica erotica. You know that phenomenon when you say something so many times that it temporarily loses its meaning? Firstly, it's a psychological phenomenon known as semantic satiation. Secondly, that's what I'm trying to do here with the word 'erotica'. Erotica erotica erotica erotica erotica. Run through that a few more times if you haven't sufficiently stripped yourself of assumptions, contextual peripheries, and al...more
Amanda
Feb 20, 2009 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: I first heard of Anais Nin in a de Lint novel, Memory and Dream
I think you have to be a little on the sick and twisted to get off on this book. Well, parts of it. Here are some examples of the icky ickiness Anais Nin writes about in Delta of Venus.

-Dude lays in bed early in the morning, and some kids who live in the house come in and horse play around his room. He gets a hard on and encourages them to frolic about on top of the covers.
-Same dude, decades later, takes custody of his teenage son and daughter. Then he fucks 'em.
-A different dude burns some lad...more
Warwick
I was rereading bits of this last night after seeing several one- or two-star reviews of it pop up in my feed recently. And scanning through some of the other GR reviews here, there's a lot of people objecting that it's ‘icky’ – one reviewer lists all the things that feature in Delta, things like incest, rape, paedophilia, and then just says, ‘Ew, right?’

WELL NO NOT EW ACTUALLY. I mean yes, ew, if you like, of course a lot of these things may not be very appealing depending on your tastes, but m...more
Blanca
May 03, 2007 Blanca rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vintage erotica appreciaters
Over a period of years, I tried to find what I could appreciate about Nin's writing. Sure, it was groundbreaking at the time it was written and critically, I guess that's important.

It's pretty silly. I imagine college girls trying to copy Dita Von Teese's style read this in a dressing gown, drinking wine on some Urban Outfitters' silk bedspread before going out. That is enough to make me dislike it.
Paul


AUTHOR WEBCAM!!



- Hi there… my name’s Anais, what’s yours?

- Oh, er… hi Anais! My name’s Pau---- Manny. My name is Manny.

- Hi Manny. How are you tonight?

- Oh I'm fine thank you. Er.... you have a great laptop there.

- Why thank you! It’s a Lenovo Ideapad. Do you think it looks cute?

- Oh…yes.

- You should see the things I can do with it.

- Mm hmmm.

- What would you like to see me do Manny? Would you like to see me … type? Or…correct a manuscript? Do you want me to call my publisher? I can complain abou...more
Alex
A broke Anais Nin wrote porn at a dollar a page for an unknown collector who kept telling her to write less literary crap, more of the in and out. Which infuriated her, because she thought he was destroying everything interesting about sex. Which is basically the same debate people are having today about internet porn.

And she keeps punishing him for it. In one story a woman has an erotic opium experience, and it's pretty hot I guess, and then suddenly it's like (view spoiler)...more
Taylor K.
Apr 25, 2007 Taylor K. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to try Erotica
The first erotica I read, and probably the last, because I can't imagine liking anything else as much I liked this. Well, except maybe more Anais Nin.

I read it one summer during high school after discovering it in our guestroom closet. I hid the book in my pillowcase so that my mother wouldn't see me reading it. I went through it in about 3 days, and continually revisit it when I'm feeling particularly saucy.

It's basically a series of short stories focusing around sexual perversions and explorat...more
Mish
Anais Nin and a few of her writer friends were asked by an anonymous wealthy collector to write a series of Erotic short stories for $1.00 per page for his pleasure. However the collector was specific in the kind of erotica he wanted. Anais was to omit any warmth, emotion or poetry to her writing and only concentrate on the sex.

Even though these restrictions were in place I don’t think I’ve ever read erotica so well written, it was polished, bold and wildly daring. She covers a range of sexual f...more
L.A.Weekly
Hammer Presents readings by Anais Nin - Feb. 12
By Rena Kosnett

Anais Nin would have been 105 this year, and if all the hype is anywhere near accurate, she probably would still be fucking. Every time I overhear or participate in discussions involving Nin, the conversation inevitably turns smutty. Granted, she did submit herself as a cultural galvanizer of female sexual liberation at a time in Europe when there was very little female-authored erotica available; but I've always believed that those d...more
April
So I'd like to justify the two stars by firstly saying that I in no way found this 'ok.' (In. No. Way). I'd just hate to give it one, given the eloquence of Nin's writing. It'd be brutal to shred it completely.
Nin is masterful, stylish and even tantalising with her pen. The passages are strikingly exuberant in feel. Ethereal, almost. There's an almost unbelievably aesthetic feel to the book as a whole, so much so that it feels like the stories themselves are quite veiled, which is a peculiarly...more
Astrid Reza
I had to make this book one of my must-have-list-of-book. So far it’s the best erotica literary writings I ever read. It literally makes you wet yourself. What really intriguing is what Anais explain in her preface (which adapted from her diaries). Doing it for a dollar a page, which apparently create one of her best collections of erotic stories. She needed the money to pay her and her friends living expenses, which she described that “Everyone around me irresponsible, unconscious of the shipwr...more
Regina Andreassen


Erotica is one thing that I appreciate and enjoy, but necrophilia, pedophilia, sadism (you don't burn someone's genitals...it is NOT OK), and so forth, is a different thing. I don't think the book is beautifully written either, and it is not creative at all. Clearly, Anais Nin tried to be original and perhaps that is why she felt the need to go that far; well, perhaps that should have been expected if we remember that she had an incestuous relationship with her dad, and was married to two guys a...more
Leisa

I read this book while my heart was breaking in the Spring of 2009; stubborn & resistant to change, this was exactly the medicine I needed to break all the way open. It wasn't until I felt Anaïs' voice echoing inside me that I truly understood & respected what it means to be feminine, to accept, to renew, to hold & nurture, to passionately let go, & in the process become what I always felt a woman should be; warm, dark, fathomless ocean. Having a naturally very dominant, fiery, m...more
Suzanne
this book is super hot. Didn't realize it was all erotica till i cracked it open on the plane ride home from France. Felt a little warm under the collar for the whole ride ;)

Deals with some scandalous themes. Incest, necrophilia, pedophilia, rape, bestiality, voyeurism, exhibitionism, some low key BDSM, homosexuality, etc etc. Not quite the abundance of themes you might find on the interwebs, but markedly better written than most of what you'd find there. Even if the thing she is writing about w...more
Adrienne
Beautifully written, lyrical and sensuous stories without the feeling of a period in 'time' in which to date them. A mixed collection of literary erotica which despite being sometimes dark and disturbing remain eloquent with a charming simplicity about them.
Joyce
The people I follow on tumblr seem to absolutely adore Anais Nin and they have reblogged or posted some very choice quotes and excerpts from her writing that made me give into curiosity and borrow some of her works from the library.

A few other times when I’ve tried erotic fiction I end up laughing because the writing is just so cheesy and phrases are so overused; but I don’t think I once laughed in ridiculousness when I read this book. My cheeks flushed regularly going through the book though,...more
Susan Laine
This collection of short stories is hard to review. There's some stuff that in today's standards is considered obscene, unethical and illegal, like erotic scenes between adults and children, acts of violence toward a woman during sex, gang-rape of a pretty boy, and so forth.

This was a challenging read, and I don't think Anaïs Nin would get her work published today-or she'd cause a scandal of epic proportions. What this book shows us is how erotica was seen before, and that's how these stories sh...more
Max
I was near ready to give up on Nin's erotica about halfway through, rife though it was with the sort of kink and taboo I can almost always get behind. Particularly expectation-shattering was the collection's opener, featuring the pedophiliac fantasies of a "Hungarian Adventurer." The story morphs into a sort of cautionary tale wherein the Hungarian is punished, but not before putting on its darker forms of titillation. Many of the stories are tongue-in-cheek, satirical, hot-but-not, and to her c...more
Ryan
Sep 08, 2007 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: past, previous, future girlfriends
dear reader,

so, this week, i was thinking of changing things up, and doing something different instead of my regular "welcome!" thing. but hey, i think i got a good thing going with that. so...

welcome! whew! haha, gotcha! yes, friend, welcome, one and all, to another week in "this week in books!" up to "bat" at this week's "game" is a solid "pitch hitter" who can really "pack" "heat": anais nin, and her great collection of fantastic fantasies, entitled "the delta of venus." haha, i guess that's...more
David Gillespie
Delta of Venus is a book of short stories by Anaïs Nin. Though the stories were largely written in the 1940s while Nin was writing erotica for a private collector, the book was first published posthumously in 1978. The effect of Nin's dreamy prose, the heightened tease of her language, and the titillation of the poetic images of lovers experiencing the joys of the flesh converge to become one of the best collections of erotica ever written. In Nin's hands, the clinical is transformed into beauty...more
Wigs
Aside from some very painfully obvious political incorrectness that comes with the time (these stories were originally written in the 1940s), it was a fun read. Not all of it is something you'd actually want to read in an erotica, in fact a lot of it is strange (e.g. incest, necrophilia) but I found it still interesting to read during this, because as Nin states in the intro, often she was trolling her erotica commissioner to see how far she could push her limits. One major thing I didn't care f...more
Ricardo Perez
La vigilia había terminado y por fin le despojé de sus transparentes prendas que aún conservaban su etiqueta. Mis dedos sintieron la suavidad de cada una de sus partes y lentamente, ya en mis manos preparadas para abrirle, exploré su interior. El olfato me incitó a romper el virginal regalo que tenía para mi. Aunque ya había sido de otros, muchos otros, a partir de ese momento sólo era para mi, y aún seguía siendo virgen.
Poco a poco me fue revelando todas sus historias al tiempo que le penetraba...more
Dan Keating
It's difficult to figure out where to begin discussing Anais Nin's masterful piece of overblown erotica, "Delta of Venus."

Perhaps the best place is to begin by saying that this is not erotica that one would expect to find today. I've admittedly only read a small sampling of "modern" erotica, but what I have read there was extremely tame and inoffensive in comparison. This feels as though it comes from Nin's deep-seated desire to explore sexuality rather than just titillate. There's plenty of tit...more
Art
Probably the best book ever written about sex. Recently I brought up Delta of Venus on a drunken night out. All of my friends had read it, girl and boy, and all said it opened them up to sex from an early age. Erotica becomes cheese easily but Nin is so good at it that this never happens. She writes of sheer sensuality, of power play between genders, curves and wetness and moonlit nights, moments of real passion. Shots of semen on a woman's hands become waves lapping up on a beach. Nin also play...more
Beatriz
No suelo leer muchos libros de relatos porque me fastidia que unos sean más largos que otros (por norma general me suelen gustar los cortos, los largos me dan pereza). Pero este libro me ha encantado. La mayoría de la "erótica" (no merece ni llamarse así) que yo he leído es "Cincuenta sombras de Grey" y sucedáneos con la misma "calidad" (mierdas machistas, por norma general).

Este libro ha sido una bocanada de aire fresco en mi estantería. Aunque son relatos cortos, la psicología de los personaj...more
Suki Michelle
Eh. I don't usually read erotica because I can't stand bad writing, and every sample I've ever read that was not suitable for children was badly written. This is a collection of short stories, each with a sexual theme. Anais Nin's writing is superb, but I gave this a 3 because the stories were all basically the same . . . beautiful sensitive damaged woman meets virile handsome devil and they spend a minimum of three days consorting, contorting, and sweating. While the characterization is richly...more
John Doe
This book of porn could not have been written by a man. There is too much caressing with hands, lesbian kissing orgies, and breathing on naked bodies in opium dens. Don't get me wrong, Nin is my kind of woman, but she is very feminine...and not always in a sexy way. For example, a man would never call a woman's sex 'that wound that never heals' completely. Seriously, someone has issues with her body! However, she writes well and most of it is pretty hot.

I would recomend this book to drug adicts...more
Deepa Ranganathan
Fascinating stories, powerful imagery, impact story-telling. Nin's personal life, however, seems more interesting than the stories she weaves.
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French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals. Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974, they give an account of one woman's voyage of self-discovery. "It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all." (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. I, 1966)

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