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  • Published: 6 October 2000
  • ISBN: 9780140447811
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $26.99

Venus In Furs


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'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.

  • Pub date: 6 October 2000
  • ISBN: 9780140447811
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $26.99

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