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Venus In Furs

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First published in 1870, this novella has since become the best-known of Sacher-Masoch's works. This Austrian author imagined an epic series entitled the 'Legacy of Cain,' and "Venus in Furs" has become the most famous of the first volume. The nested narrative begins with a nameless narrator who dreams of speaking to the goddess Venus about love as she wears furs. When he ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by Neeland Media LLC (first published 1870)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Umm, okay...

The first portion of this book is wonderful. The forced lasciviousness of the female protagonist, the pathetic attempts at seeming like a banshee, a Siren, all draped in furs and spouting some bullshit about Paganism. I have met this girl before, and this boy, I have watched their pitiful dance of apathy, their ham-handed fears of monotony and monogamy, the (in my opinion) bullshit notion that caring in the romantic sense for one chosen and well-suited person with whom you specifical
"To be the slave of a woman, a beautiful woman, whom I love, whom I worship - !"
"And who mistreats you for it," Wanda broke in, laughing.
"Yes, who ties me up and whips me, who kicks me when she belong to another man."

If submission and bondage is your thing, then you will probably like this book. In a nutshell, Severin likes women. Severin likes women who are filthy rich. Severin likes women who are filthy rich and treat him like shit. Wanda is that woman. That is pretty much what Venus in Furs i
Mar 16, 2015 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who wear fancy gloves to Renaissance Faires
"You interest me. Most men are very commonplace, without verve or poetry. In you there is a certain depth and capacity for enthusiasm and a deep seriousness, which delight me. I might learn to love you." (20)

This line really jumped out at me, because it's just what I imagine a lot of nerds imagine some lady will say to them some day. And they'll be like yeah! I have a depth and capacity for enthusiasm! I was just waiting for someone to notice! I bet nerds really like this book, which was written
Oct 15, 2012 Sunday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a hike up Giggle Mountain, with a Joan Crawford-esque heroine in yummy furs. It's hard to dislike a book with so much kink and melodrama.

This book is the height of fun sex stuff and strange, twisted relationships. It's a pure exploration of "feels and fantasy." It fits nicely beside other books I place beside it, such as "The Story of the Eye," "The Sheik," and maybe a little bit of "Madame Bovary." I disagree with many reviewers who believe that this text has impacted society, and
Sep 18, 2010 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas
Haven't reviewed on goodreads in a while, but was googling this work's translation dates and came across the negative reviews here. Thought I should contribute my defence.

What Makes Venus in Furs a groundbreaking and thoroughly enjoyable work?

1)Literary tradition

The finely-rendered frame structure follows the German novella tradition's strong, almost proscriptive, tradition of narrative framing (think Goethe, Storm, Hoffmann). Accordingly, it created a sensation among early readers by presenting
Aug 16, 2009 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How I caused irreparable harm to our entire country because of a relationship gone sour with the author of Anti-Oedipus"

Confession time. I didn't really read this book, but I'm going to rate it anyway. I did read the Deleuze book Cruelty, which is him writing about Venus in Furs, and then the book itself. I remember really liking the Deleuze part, but at that point in my life I was so in love with Deleuze that he could have written anything and I would have ejaculated all over it. It was a bad t
Dec 13, 2007 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who are just getting into the velvet underground
If I remember correctly, this book was stupid. It also seems to have contributed to a lot of ridiculous behavior, and has led indirectly to many horrendous cultural products such as "people taking their silly sex hang-ups waaaaay too seriously," "fetish nights," "vinyl outfits," and "that irritating kid in your freshman dorm who walked around with a leash around his neck."

BUT, on the PLUS side, having read it made me feel way more knowledgeable about the VU song on the banana album, which I gues
Tia Katrina Canlas
The vocabulary in this book mirrored its repetitive plot. It was as if Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch's translator was assigned to use the words "dilettante", "suprasensual", and "ermine" as many times as humanly possible in the course of 100 pages-- to lazily tell a story about a man who wants to be his lover's slave. Wanda's character tortures her readers more than she does Severin by boring us to tears.

When Sacher-Masoch did finally catch my attention for once, I was left disappointed, filling in
I wanted to write an in-depth review, quoting favorite passages from the book, but for now let's just say that this was the right read for me at the right time. I was expecting it to be titillating and dirty but instead encountered something rather lovely: a concentrated tale of obsession and longing and risky role playing that turns a woman emulating a simple ancient Grecian hedonism into a enthusiastic wielder of capricious physical and mental cruelty -- rendered to the sadomasochistic male lo ...more
Sep 17, 2015 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-austria
Foi o livro Venus à la Forrure (o título em português foi dado por Ana Hatherly), de Sacher-Masoch que deu origem ao termo Masoquismo.
Vai daí, já se está mesmo a ver qual o assunto tratado neste romance...que de erótico não tem nada, mas de cómico tem tudo.
Séverine que, com pouco mais de trinta anos, já "quase não se podia mexer; já quase não respirava (pudera, com tanta porrada que levou...) conta a um amigo a sua louca paixão pela sádica Wanda. Ela não queria bater-lhe, mas ele pediu tanto tan
Apr 22, 2016 Hakan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ayrıntı'nın yeni ve gayet özenli baskısını görünce, şu Mazohizm üstadının başyapıtını da okuyalım bari diye almıştım. Pek bana hitap etmedi ama yine de okunmaya değer, en azından bazı kitapları keyif için değil, bilgilenmek, haberdar olmak için okuduğumuz dikkate alınırsa. Evet, roman sevdiği kadının kendisine fiziki acı ve aldatılmak dahil her bakımdan acı çektirmesinden zevk alan bir adamın hikayesi. İnsan psikolojisini anlamak bakımından faydalı bir eser. Sonuçta insanoğlu çok karmaşık bir ca ...more
Shamus McCarty
Aug 31, 2012 Shamus McCarty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I finally picked this back up and I remembered why I stopped reading it. This guy is just such a PUSSY! Nothing against Leopold, (or pussy, one of the most powerful things on Earth) he wrote a pretty progressive book for his time. But JeeeZeus!

Anyways, I doubt my 1 star will hurt the ratings of this masterpiece. And I really do respect it as a masterpiece, due to the era in which it was written. But the Mona Lisa is also a masterpiece that’s not very impressive 600 years later.
Max Nemtsov
Сентиментально-романтическая белиберда, томная и наивная — вот что есть эта повесть, из которой раздули культ. Даже с поправкой на время. Незрелость чувств, эмоциональная нестабильность, самолюбование — все эти штаны на лямках австро-германо-польско-русской молодежи побуждали ее прилипать к неодушевленным объектам (с ними-то проще, чем с живыми людьми, в отношениях с которыми думать надо, чувствовать, а тут — еби туфлю на здоровье, она тебе слова в ответ не скажет). Ну в общем (я по необходимост ...more
Dec 04, 2010 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great, short as it is. And I was hankering to try another book on the topic of female domination after reading "Permanent Obscurity" by Richard Perez, which I truly enjoyed. "Venus in Furs" starts out a little stiffly but ups the ante as Severin gets himself into more trouble than he bargained for. Yeah, my word of caution to all you would-be male slaves out there: Be careful what you wish for! If your dream is be debased, be prepared when it happens! Come to think of it, it reads l ...more
One of the goofiest things I’ve ever read. So many reversals on top of reversals! Such impassioned torrid writing!

And yet it’s all basically about a guy and his specific fetishes and how he can’t distinguish “an approximation of a fantasy, instantiated in reality” from “the fantasy itself.” He keeps asking his lover to do the stuff he fantasizes about, but then when the situation starts to involve her free will and she doesn’t do exactly what her fantasy equivalent would, he’s like “what the hel
Feb 14, 2008 hypothermya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexuality, literature
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Jul 22, 2012 kaelan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often find that I will initially be enthralled by a new book; but, as I read on, my attention will begin to flag, and my interest wane. Venus in Furs, however, was different. Yes, I was hooked from the very first pages. And yes, I began to get—not ‘bored,’ per se, but apprehensive about halfway through. Apprehensive, as in: maybe this isn’t really as good as I thought; maybe my expectations were too high....

But upon reaching the conclusion of the novel—an ending which, I must admit, I did not
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This book is a fascinating, if a bit unsettling, exploration of the more aberrant relationships that can exist between the sexes. I've always been somewhat surprised that so few people seem to have read it; they may have heard of it, or know vague details as to the plot, which is still infamous even by today's standards, but it does tend to get overlooked as one of the great books of its time period. Personally, I'd recommend it highly, if for no other reason than to experience the subversive lo ...more
Bryn Hammond
Classic. Underrated even in Decadent circles: I just consulted my old Mario Praz, The Romantic Agony, an inventory of Romantic and late-Romantic works on the theme of cruelty and the femme fatale -- Sacher-Masoch occurs twice in the index. What? There's how I let this one go by, when I was half the age I am and into late 19thC decadent fiction. From memory I read descriptions that put me off. I'm sad about that. On the other hand, I now discover an instant personal classic.

I think it's a wonder
Nov 05, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I guess because masochism is something hard for me to grasp and understand, it made it all the more intriguing to read about, especially when it was written so long ago.
Jul 17, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
What larks. Got all political at the end, apparently us women are tyrannous in love on account of social oppression.

*threatens theory with whip* ;)

Jaybird Rex
Apr 20, 2010 Jaybird Rex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading through the other reviews it looks like many folks just blow this off as dullish Victorian erotica (maybe better than De Sade, maybe not), and not altogether deep. I have to disagree, mainly because I think sex is only one facet of what's going on here. Venus in Furs deals with THE fundamental dilemmas we humans face in being something between angels and bloodthirsty apes. The dream at the beginning of the book is a beautiful start to a bold work -- not bold in that it's racy or kinky, b ...more
Lorelei Wanders
Most amazing book I ever read!!
Aug 02, 2014 DC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-audiobook
This book is not exactly pornographic in nature, but I could say that it may be classified as erotica. It also has a dash of intellect, although I felt as if the entire BDSM thing was brushed off as a deviance in the end.

Because yes, this is a book about bondage / discipline / dominance / submission / sadism / masochism.

This book was written by (what I'd imagine to be) a smart man, using a rather intellectual way of writing. Sure, it's about a rather known-to-be-deviant subject, but he does it
Oct 14, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Venus in furs is essentially a short story told as a warning against allowing yourself to become the slave of beauty. Severin, the chief protagonist, dreams of being dominated by a goddess in furs, but finds that the actual experience cures him of these desires. The central premise is that one can choose to either be the hammer or the anvil within a relationship. Neither of these situations are seen as being desirable. The novel itself contains a very modern final note, the disparity in relation ...more
Sep 20, 2008 Juushika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: status-borrowed
Severin von Kusiemski is a European nobleman who has always fantasized about and found pleasure in pain and submission, a condition that he terms suprasensuality. In his memoir he recounts an affair with Wanda von Dunajew, a woman of voluptuous, cruel sexuality. He asks to become her slave and submits to increasingly degrading treatmentuntil Wanda meet a man to whom she wishes to submit. A classic text, Venus in Furs has a writing style that may not appeal to all readers: the narratives delves d ...more
May 04, 2009 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever had doubts about the inherent transgressive qualities of fiction, Dr. Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's philosophical treatise disguised as an erotic novella is sure to dispell them. Forever memoralized by the word coined from the author's name, "masochist," you don't have to loath yourself to love Venus in Furs. I found the prose--even in translation--simply stunning. Further, it is amazing that with such a simple premise, Sacher-Masoch continues to reinvent the story, spicing the tale ...more
Raphael Lysander
Feb 11, 2016 Raphael Lysander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a bewildering thing how a man who imagine himself as women's slave and dog, and kneels under their feet still finds a way to talk in a supercilious manner about women!
Still, this book is way much better than 50 Shades because it's not just short messages, or teenage crush, or sexual descriptions. This book show as clearly the mentality behind such a desire, the passion, the love; whether it exist in such case or not. Not merely a porn in text.
Jun 26, 2015 Mishek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprising lack-luster action given the nature of the read. Where are the beatings, the humiliations, the pain!? Not here. It's like this guy's girlfriend yells at him and he thinks "Hey, I like that - yell at me some more!" Anytime the action seems to be heating up, it quickly peters out (forgive the pun). That being said, you'll be hard pressed to find a text with such intense pining for pain as this offers.
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Austrian writer and journalist, who gained renown for his romantic stories of Galician life. The term masochism is derived from his name.

During his lifetime, Sacher-Masoch was well known as a man of letters, a utopian thinker who espoused socialist and humanist ideals in his fiction and non-fiction. Most of his works remain untranslated into English. The novel Venus in Furs is his only book common
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