Venus in Furs

Venus in Furs

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

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by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch
Introduction by Larry Wolff
Translated by Joachim Neugroschel
Paperback, ISBN: 9780140447811, 160 Pages

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.