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Venus in Furs and Selected Letters

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Included in this volume is a selection from a remarkable series of letters between Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Emilie Mataja, an aspiring writer, translated into English for the first time, and an extraordinary insight into the compulsive imagination of Sacher-Masoch grappling with the demons that both torment and delight him.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1989 by Blast Books (first published 1870)
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A. Because the story explain about himself, the supersensualist. His story indeed seems uncover the truth that all of those vulnerable side of him he let…moreBecause the story explain about himself, the supersensualist. His story indeed seems uncover the truth that all of those vulnerable side of him he let himself as a man captivated by the charm of woman who soon enslave him into some kind of love slave.(less)

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Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Way back in 1869 Leopold wrote this book about some fun he was having.
Tis true. Leo gave the world a new label for these exploits... masochism.
What we've done with it since then is our own business.

Severin did get what he wanted.
So many people never do.
They never dare ask.
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
Steven  Godin
My initial fears with 'Venus in Furs' was would it sink into the darker depths of depravity similar with that of Donatien Alphonse François (the Marquis de Sade), but didn't need to worry, because I was pleasantly surprised by it's charming and playful nature. Predominantly only two characters take centre stage, with nobleman Severin von Kusiemski falling under the seductive spell of the flame haired Wanda von Dunajew, he loves her so much to the extent of wanting to be her slave, and encourages ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who wear fancy gloves to Renaissance Faires
Shelves: smut
"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
"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
Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Στο βιβλίο αυτό του Λεοπόλδου Φον Ζάχερ-Μαζόχ, απο τον οποίο προήλθε και ο όρος "μαζοχισμός",παρακολουθούμε την θλιβερή και νοσηρή ερωτική ιστορία ενός νεαρού άεργου καλλιεργημένου άντρα του Σεβερίν,με μια νεαρή ελκυστική και ανισορρόπη χήρα τη Βάντα.
Ο Σεβερίν έχει εμμονή με τον πίνακα του Τιτσιάνο (η Αφροδίτη με τον καθρέφτη) και μέσα στον παραλογισμό του έρωτα και του πόθου του για τη Βάντα, την ταυτίζει με τον διάσημο πίνακα. Η Βάντα είναι η δική του Αφροδίτη με τη γούνα.

Τη φαντασιώνεται ως
Asma Qannas
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
تحديث: صدر عن دار أثر للنشر ترجمتي لرواية ڤينوس في الفراء

قراءة ماتعة يا أصدقاء (:


"وضرب الرب القدير سبحانه فأسلمه ليدي امرأة"
سفر يهوديت

تراءى لي أن أنغمس في أعماق سيڤرين الجريحة، تلك الروح المتعطشة للإهانة والإذلال، الروح التي لم تكن إلا تجسيدًا مرهفا للخط الرفيع مابين الألم واللذة. سيڤرين لم يكن إلا أحد الذين تفردوا بعذاباتهم ونجحوا في الوصول لمبتغاهم -أقصى مراحل اللذة- هكذا كان الشاب العذب الذي يحمل من الوداعة والعاطفة ما يكفي؛ لجعله ينقاد لڤينوس إلهة الحب والجمال، العصية على الولوج، ذات
Tiffany Reisz
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange. Very strange. I'll be thinking of it for a long time to come.
Khashayar Mohammadi
I love this book so much it worries me.
Sep 18, 2010 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 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 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
Ina Cawl
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what an weird and strange fetish Severin had
to feel ecstasy in pain and humiliation
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
Tia Katrina Canlas
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.

The most intersting part of the book is its introduction, in which it is made known that the author lived out his own character's fantasies when a woman copied Wanda's letter and made Sacher-Masoch her slave. Hopefully, they weren't as boring
فهد الفهد
فينوس في الفراء

لم يعجبني ساد فلذا بالتأكيد لن يعجبني مازوخ، وهنا مأزق حقيقي لكل قارئ، هل يمكننا الانفصال عن موضوعات ساد ومازوخ والتعامل مع ما كتباه من دون التفكير بالسادية والمازوخية؟ لا يسهل ذلك كما أنه لا يساعد كثيراً، لو قرأ أحدهم كتاب مازوخ هذا من دون أي فكرة عن المازوخية فلن يفهم أو يتفهم البطل!! ما لم يكن هو ذاته مازوخياً، بعض الكتب تعرض تجربة إنسانية من المهم الاطلاع عليها وتفهمها ولكن لا يسهل التماهي أو التعاطف معها، أغلب القراء سيمضي في الكتاب وهو يردد في داخله – أحمق! أحمق! لا! ليس هك
Teresa Proença
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 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-kindle
This book is much disadvantaged by being grouped with the books of the Marquis de Sade. It isn’t a masterpiece per se, and it does have that “unfinished draft” air, but it was interesting and grabbed my attention all through the plot, and I don’t think I felt bored or extremely disgusted while reading. What surprised me most was how the book in some parts was actually very emotional and soft in ways I couldn’t explain or comprehend.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
في الواحدة وأربع دقائق، في الأول من ديسمبر، ألفان وستة عشر أنتيهت من قراءة ڤينوس في الفراء، ترجمة المترجمة أسماء القناص.


كان ساشر مازوخ على حق، حين كان قلقًا ولم يسعد بشهرته التي اكتسبها، عن طريق الطبيب كرافت إيبينغ، عالم النفس والأعصاب الألماني، الذي صاغ مصطلح “المازوخية”؛ لوصف إضطراب نفسي جنسي، تتحقق الإستثارة الجنسية فيه من خلال الألم الموجه نحو الذات.

مازوخ أعتقد أن هذا المصطلح الطبي واستخدامه الفضفاض، من الممكن أن يتسبب في سحق سمعته الأدبية، وأن يتم احتقار أعماله على نحوٍ فظيع، وهذا ما
Sep 17, 2010 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
Shamus McCarty
Mar 09, 2012 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.
Raphael Lysander
Feb 11, 2016 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 sexism way and supercilious manner about women!
Still, this book is by far better than 50 Shades because it's not just short messages, teenage crush, or sexual descriptions. This book clearly shows the mentality behind such a desire, the passion, love-whether it exist in such case or not-, not merely a porn in text.
قراءة مازوخ لا بُد منها وذلك لمعرفة
الجذور الأساسية للمازوخية ، وكما توقعت كانت الرواية منبعثة
من تجربة شخصية عاشها ليوبولد مازوخ شخصياً .
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexuality, literature
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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
Jun 22, 2012 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
Apr 08, 2008 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* ;)

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
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
C'est que la femme, telle qu'elle a été crée par nature et telle qu'elle attire l'homme actuel, ne peut être que son ennemie, son esclave ou sa despote, mais jamais sa compagne. Elle ne pourra l'être que lorsqu'elle sera son égale en droit, lorsqu'elle sera son égale par l'éducation et le travail. Pour l'heure, nous n'avons que le choix d'être l'enclume ou le marteau.
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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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