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  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (May 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1161484361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1161484366
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 28 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,314,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch was an Austrian writer of fiction and short stories, who inspired the clinical category of ‘masochism’. His complex sexual fantasies, involving the love of pain and submission, ignited a once secretive pursuit into that of a recognised fetish. His masterpiece inspired a famous song of the same name by The Velvet Underground, and continues to be referred to as a defining work within the realm of erotic literature.

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By A Customer on July 25 1997
Format: Paperback
_Venus in Furs, a Novel: Letters of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Emilie Mataja_ by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch contains the both the story "Venus in Furs" and a selection of letters between Sacher-Masoch and budding writer, Emilie Mataja.

"Venus in Furs" is about a man who is obsessed with having his new mistress treat him like a slave. In particular, he wants her to become his ideal "venus in furs" and begs her to don furs and wield a whip against him. His desire to be treated as such is tested when she convinces him to sign an agreement to be her slave. The story is well-written, and one becomes drawn into the misery experienced by the man as his mistress becomes progressively more cruel.

The letters between Sacher- Masoch and Mataja show Sacher-Masoch's inability at times to separate his fiction from his real life. Sacher-Masoch speaks of his married life and encourages Mataja in her writing, but his
professional encouragement is shot through with requests to meet Mataja so that he can be whipped by her while she is wearing fur.

Although there are certainly more graphically erotic examples present in current fiction, this book is a must read for those wanting to know why Sacher-Masoch's writings inspired Krafft-Ebing to create the term "masochism."
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie on Oct. 4 2010
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I had to read this book for a class and it was by far the most annoying book I have ever read. It is a ridiculous story, and so so repetitive. I love romance novels, but this is nothing like a normal love story. It is disgusting. Thank God it's short because I couldn't have read another page.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
derivation of the term "masochism" July 25 1997
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_Venus in Furs, a Novel: Letters of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Emilie Mataja_ by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch contains the both the story "Venus in Furs" and a selection of letters between Sacher-Masoch and budding writer, Emilie Mataja.

"Venus in Furs" is about a man who is obsessed with having his new mistress treat him like a slave. In particular, he wants her to become his ideal "venus in furs" and begs her to don furs and wield a whip against him. His desire to be treated as such is tested when she convinces him to sign an agreement to be her slave. The story is well-written, and one becomes drawn into the misery experienced by the man as his mistress becomes progressively more cruel.

The letters between Sacher- Masoch and Mataja show Sacher-Masoch's inability at times to separate his fiction from his real life. Sacher-Masoch speaks of his married life and encourages Mataja in her writing, but his
professional encouragement is shot through with requests to meet Mataja so that he can be whipped by her while she is wearing fur.

Although there are certainly more graphically erotic examples present in current fiction, this book is a must read for those wanting to know why Sacher-Masoch's writings inspired Krafft-Ebing to create the term "masochism."
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very different from what I expected Nov. 10 2007
By Sylvia B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to read this book for years, and when it finally crossed my radar here at Amazon, I snapped it up with very high expectations. However, my reading experience was very different from my expectations of it.

Considering that Sacher-Masoch's name ended up being a synonym for an entire branch of sexuality, I was disappointed to discover that Venus in Furs is *not* a story about a masochistic relationship (except in a more dysfunctional meaning of the word).

While the main characters do enjoy some aspects of masochism/sadism, they mainly use it as a weapon against each other in an intense gender power struggle. People in the fetish community will recognize the term "topping from the bottom", (and others will be more familiar with "passive-aggressive"), where the submissive/masochistic partner tries to use his/her "sacrifice" to gain covert control over the relationship and the dominant partner, while avoiding actually taking responsibility for what happens. If you're looking for a genuine story about the sadistic/masochistic aspect of human sexuality, you will be disappointed by Venus in Furs.

On the other hand, this book is an intense historical document about the Western view of gender and relationships a hundred years ago, which is still very much present in today's Western countries. It's fascinating, funny, sad and horrifying at the same time, to be for a while steeped into an idea of the world in which relationships are a brute power struggle in which one side must always lose, and the only way a person can hope to keep both his/her self and his/her beloved is to "win" by deception, intimidation, domination, violence and mind-games. It's a story about wounded, neurotic, fearful and repressed love in a culture which applied Nitsche and Darwin very literally and simplistically to every aspect of human life.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Thank you Madam, may I have another? July 22 2000
By George Schaefer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an extraordinary work of sexual deviation. It goes without say that Sacher-Masoch supplied the M in S & M. This novel which mirrors a relationship in Sacher-Masochs real life is a disarmingly sensual tale. While I have no desire to be tied up and whipped, I found myself deeply engrossed in Severins plight into abuse and humiliation. This philosophy of the hammer or the anvil is interesting to me. Obviously, Severin prefers to be the anvil to Wandas hammer. This confuses me as I believe in human dignity but to each his own. I can not agree with the hammer or anvil theory but I suppose that it is a formula that works for many people. It apparently was quite thrilling to Sacher-Masoch. This is an amazingly frank work. It is sensual and poignant simultaneously. Reccommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The roots of Masochism Sept. 3 2008
By Alena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The term "Masochism" was named for the author of Venus in Furs, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who wrote his own personal fantasies in a semi-autobiographical novella. I read this book in one night and could not put it down. The beginning and middle were entirely gripping as a young man, who has always feared women, is enveloped in his love and obsession for a woman he feels embodies Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. A sickly erotic relationship develops as the couple fall in love where the young man begs his Venus in furs to be his master and treat him like her slave. As the novella continues, the masochistic relationship develops to a point where I felt a little disinterested and somewhat turned off and frustrated by the loss of passion and affection in the name of self destruction. However, this tale tells of love in a way that many are curious about yet never glimpse. I study Art History, especially Symbolism, and having done a lot of research about Gustav Klimt, I have noticed many interested and fascinating parallels between Klimt and the narrator on their view of women as being a dangerous siren and overpowering being. "Venus in Furs" captured me with its type of twisted erotica meshed into deep love and powerful emotions. At the end I understood in a very impressing way the story behind the painting introduced at the beginning of the novella that subsequently was its close, the painting of a semi-nude Venus in furs with a whip standing over her pathetically devoted lover.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An Interesting Foray into Relationship Ideas May 27 2007
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Leopold von Sacher-Masoch is the root for the term masochism and he portrays this in his novel 'Venus in Furs' by depicting the personal discovery of a young man whose relationship takes a turn when he realizes he wants to stay with his "venus" no matter the consequences. This devolves into his own urge to be treated badly by his lover, and results in his ultimately getting exactly what he wished for.

Told from the point of view of the man when he is older, he tells the story to another young man as a lesson to avoid suffering the pains he has suffered. Told with fascinating language and imagery, it is a book that offers an understanding of the source of the term "masochism" and provides a nice short story in and of itself.

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