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Delta of Venus

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  14,079 Ratings  ·  901 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 select
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Paperback, 286 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by Mariner Books (first published 1977)
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Melissa
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Amanda
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Fabian
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A kaleidescopic array of tantalizing erotica. An "epidemic of erotic journals" that's indispensable to the most insatiable of aficionados. It is the best of its type; no doubt this may be the bible of this literary black-sheep genre! It smolders, it quickens the pulse (even if you're gay, even if you're a prude, even if you believe that this is not "your cup-a tea").

The charm of this experiment, or, "seeing (of) sexual experience from a woman's point of view" lies in its Russian Nesting dolls "
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Brad
Wow.

I mean, I had never heard of this until recently when I had been dared to read it, and yes, I knew that I was getting into heavy erotica, but I hadn't expected it to be so damn good.

Seriously. I'm not ashamed to admit that I was almost completely unable to stand up during most of the read, and because I was using text-t0-speech, that mean being rather unpleasantly surprised as I was up and about during my day.

I wanted to scream out, "Oh, come on!" or "This isn't Fair!" at random people as I
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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)
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Paul Bryant


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
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Hadrian
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: french, fiction
What is the difference between porn and erotica? Somebody much wittier than me said it was the lighting, but I honestly don't know.
Blanca
May 03, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Taylor
Apr 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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Abubakar Mehdi
Basically, Its a book about horny people doing Haraam things.
Like very, very Haraam things.
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Less Poetry!

Most of the stories in "Delta of Venus" were written under a quasi-Oulipean constraint: they were commissioned by a collector of erotica who specified, "Concentrate on sex. Leave out the poetry."

Anais Nin initially complied. However, "I began to write tongue-in-cheek, to become outlandish, inventive, and so exaggerated that I thought he would realise I was caricaturing sexuality."

Back came the response, "Less poetry." The collector was looking for explicit, clinically precise descrip
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Jonnie
The following review contains little spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin is a collection of erotic short stories. Seriously amazing short stories. I haven't technically "read" this book since I keep it on my bedside table and take little nibbles of it when I feel like it. I might reread some stories or skip ones altogether. Therefore, I'm going to be rating the stories individually.

The Hungarian Adventurer: ★★★

This one is disgusting. Rouging your vagina is one thing. Rap
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Ana  Vlădescu
What is, indeed, being “erotic”? Wherein lays its essence? Does it even have an essence, or a formula that one can follow and therefore achieve “eroticism”? Is it confined only to the feminine? Is age of any importance when it comes to it? Is there a difference between “erotic” and “sexual”? Are these two irrevocably intertwined? Is it the mind that is aroused, or the body? Can you achieve “eroticism” purely by matter of perception? What is considered erotic by an individual, and how has that be ...more
Leisa
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite, i-desire

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
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
Honestly? I liked this book. It is erotica but it is classic and I love everything that have been written so many years ago when I wasn't born yet and people still devour them like they were recently published.

It's just that don't read this book straight in just few days. It could be numbing and lose its meaning. You see, the book is composed of short stories about sexual encounters and Anais Nin made sure that each story is different from the others by delving into different sexual subjects, mo
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Luís C.
Group of short stories of erotic genre written in the 40s. Nothing special.
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
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Кремена Михайлова
След стр. 100 ми беше поомръзнало. Колкото и да са разнообразни ситуациите и комбинациите, в крайна сметка става дума за едно и също. Самите „ключови“ думи започват да се повтарят твърде често. В началото мислех, че заради първите разкази с чиста педофилия и садо-мазо фантазии книгата няма да ми допадне цялостно. Но всъщност причината беше по-скоро отегчението във втората част. Може би такъв сборник трябва да се чете с големи почивки – 2-3 разказа и след няколко дни още. Опитах се да си представ ...more
Regina Andreassen
Jul 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


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
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Joyce
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, reviewed
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,
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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
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Vanessa
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Anaïs Nin's Delta of Venus was published posthumously in 1977, but was largely written in the 1940s. It contains 15 short erotica stories, all of which were written for a private "collector". And it is what it is really, a mixture of stories from various character viewpoints, some of which tie in with each other, detailing a variety of sexual encounters, passions and desires.

The one thing about erotica is that you can't really read too much of it, because it just gets boring after a while - prob
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Eslam Ahmed
Oct 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adults
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A memoria forse è il primo vero libro erotico che ho letto, nel senso di appartenente in maniera inequivocabile al genere.
L’erotismo in un libro lo apprezzo, a volte in una lettura lo ricerco, ma deve essere uno dei tanti ingredienti che costruiscono la storia, se diventa un monoargomento o un libro di genrere, una indigestione di situazioni erotiche allora la cosa finisce per annoiare.
Detto questo Il delta di Venere ha, innanzitutto, un titolo esplicativo e perfetto; in alcune parti è una lettu
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Jocelyn
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica
This was an interesting read. I'll admit I skimmed a lot toward the end because some of the stories were getting pretty long and repetitive, but I'm glad I picked it up for book club! This older erotica is always interesting, especially discussing what is misogyny and what is sexual fantasy...where's the line? Very excited to talk about it with others! (view spoiler)
Astrid Reza
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-book-shelf
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
L.A.Weekly
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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)

Anaïs Nin was largely ignored until the 1960s. Today she is
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