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Anyways, I doubt my 1 star will hurt the iin of this masterpiece. Then, the initial scenes were very polarized — containing an all or nothing view of dominance, sexual martyrdom, and pain.

To view it, click here. Severin finds his ideal of voluptuous cruelty in the merciless Wanda von Dunajew. Quotes from Venus in Furs. Sade’s brutal protagonists are often fathers, though they don’t much care if their victims are their children or strangers. View all 8 comments. In real con, playing along with a fantasist would be crazy. I’m not saying it’s impossible, I just think it goes against the more common manifestations of human nature vrnus not feel emotions of possessiveness toward a cherished lover.

The suspicion that Venus in Fur is a covert memoir is strengthened because Polanski and Almaric look startlingly alike. Refresh and try again.

Sadger also died during the Holocaust, in Theresienstadt concentration camp. More sached to you. Please try again later. Give it a go. That is pretty much what Venus in Furs is about.

He was a famous author and social reformer, the editor of On the Highest, a radical magazine that fought for Jewish rights and female emancipation.

Hopefully, they sachsr as boring as their fictional counterparts. The bonus short story, “The Black Czarina” is a superfluous leftover scrap in the same vein. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.


Hopefully, they weren’t as boring It was as if Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s translator was assigned to use the words “dilettante”, “suprasensual”, and “ermine” as many times as humanly possible in the course of pages– to lazily tell a story about a man who wants vennus be his lover’s slave. I’m quizzical by nature though, and am more often than not left, in my hippie-interrogations, with vacuous stares and zero answers from the interrogated. It is not ideal.

Venus in Furs is about a man who submits himself as a slave to a woman called Wanda as an act of his devotion to her. The novella demands that we read the layers of art within art, dream within fiction. God, for veuns book about whipping there is none too much whipping.

Women do not by nature demand either to look up to a man or toy with them. The fashion and the soft furnishings suggest the lovers share the same tastes, and what we are seeing is complicity rather than coercion.

The “contract” gives Wanda or “Mistress” free reign to make Severin suffer in a variety of ways; whipping him regularly, kicking him around, starving him, torturing him emotionally, etc. Feb 11, Raphael Lysander rated it really liked it.

That is pretty much what Venus in Furs i “To be the slave of a woman, a beautiful woman, whom I love, whom I worship -!

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I should write an aside here that I know that there are all types of people in the world, all sorts of romantic arrangements, etc. Mar 19, Morgan rated it it was amazing Shelves: He only loves a woman of stone, his interest wanes at kindness, he wants the one he can’t have, and it’s driving him mad all over all over all over his face every single goddamn time until the very moment when she cares, when she drops her guard and loves him back, and then his foot is suddenly wedged firmly in the door and his panties are noticeably roomier.


Wanda von Dunajew, the novel’s central female character, was modelled after Fanny Pistor, who was an emerging literary writer. Be careful what you wish for!

View all 7 comments. Severin buys his erotica from a Jewish print dealer; other Jews are portrayed as both panderers and seducers. To ask other readers questions about Venus in Fursvvon sign up. Sep 17, Christina rated it it was amazing. In fact, this novella is a comprehensive study guide veus the ambivalence of love. Henning, which to my eyes is cleaner and more in the spirit of things than the commonly available and more stilted one by Fernanda Savage.

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Venus in Furs

I wanted to write an in-depth review, quoting favorite passages from the book, but for now let’s just say that this was the right read fusr me at the right time. It was the start of a much larger critique of the significance of the oedipal complex in psychoanalysis.

View all 9 comments. According to Seigner, Polanski was anxious during filming that the similarity might be a distraction.