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Venus in Furs

Ritter von Leopold Sacher-Masoch

Book Overview: 

Made into 2013 film, Venus in Furs, by Academy Award winning director, Roman Polanski,

Story of a man who willingly makes himself a sexual slave of a beautiful woman whom he loves. Tantalizing erotic tale of sexual obsession, submission, perversion and control.

Severin is so infatuated with Wanda, that he requests to be treated as her slave, and encourages her to treat him in progressively more degrading ways. At first Wanda does not understand or relate to the request, but after humoring Severin she finds the advantages of the method to be stimulating and enthusiastically embraces the idea; though at the same time, she disdains Severin for allowing her to do so.

Perfect book for fans of erotica including Fifty Shades of Grey (50 Shades trilogy) by E L James.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I made a drawing of her to-day, and felt particularly clearly, how inappropriate the modern way of dressing is for a cameo- head like hers. The configuration of her face has little of the Roman, but much of the Greek.

Sometimes I should like to paint her as Psyche, and then again as Astarte. It depends upon the expression in her eyes, whether it is vaguely dreamy, or half-consuming, filled with tired desire. She, however, insists that it be a portrait-likeness.

I shall make her a present of furs.

How could I have any doubts? If not for her, for whom would princely furs be suitable?


I was with her yesterday evening, reading the Roman Elegies to her. Then I laid the book aside, and improvised something for her. She seemed pleased; rather more than that, she actually hung upon my words, and her bosom heaved.

Or was I mistaken?

The rain beat in melancholy fashion on the window-panes, the fire crackled in the fireplace in wintery com. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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 boo...more

"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....more

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 pit...more

The DSM-IV lists masochism as a derivation of sexual gratification from being subjected to physical pain or humiliation by oneself or another person. Pleasure is being abused or dominated. The psychiatric bible must have read Venus in Furs for its definitions. Even the word used for sexual pursui...more

تحديث: صدر عن دار أثر للنشر ترجمتي لرواية ڤينوس في الفراء

قراءة ماتعة يا أصدقاء (:

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"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 ل...more

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 ta...more

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 Τιτσι...more

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 structur...more

I love this book so much it worries me.

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