Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
(Harper Perennial Forbidden Classics)

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First published in 1870, the author of ‘Venus in Furs’ defined – and unwittingly gave his own name to – that sexual proclivity we know as masochism in this understated, charged erotic classic.

What woman could resist a trembling man handing her the whip?

Severin is a young Galician nobleman with a secret; he can only love a woman with a ruthless heart, who will rain her whip upon him in a shower of bloody kisses. When he meets Wanda, the wealthy and beautiful widow living in the apartment upstairs, he wonders if she might be the one to help him realise his darkest desires. But Wanda is better than she ever dreamed possible at domination – and soon Severin realises he is powerless to escape what he has begun. Here, fantasy and reality writhe together in a ceaseless, fraught embrace…

 

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Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895/1905) was an Austrian writer and editor who is best known for his erotic story Venus in Furs. Educated in law, history, and mathematics, Sacher-Masoch wrote primarily Galician folklore and later served as editor of Auf der H he. Internationale Review (At the Pinnacle. International Review) where he focused on exposing anti-semitism and championing the emancipation of women. The prominence of fantasy and fetish in Sacher-Masoch’s work, particularly in Venus in Furs, led to the coining of the term “masochism” by psychiatrist Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing in 1886. Sacher-Masoch spent the last years of his life under psychiatric care and is believed to have died between 1895 and 1905.
 
Published June 1, 2000 by Penguin Classic. 164 pages
Genres: Erotica, Literature & Fiction, History, Gay & Lesbian, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Romance, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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