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Venus in Furs

Posted on: July 17, 2011

Venus in Furs (Penguin Classics)Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have not yet met a man who wants me to put on ermine and trample his supine body but that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to give it a try. Intriguingly, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch projected a whole series of books on love, property, money, the state, war and death, but never finished his life’s work and today only this single volume is available in English. If, like me, you harbour any literary ambitions, it’s best not to get side-tracked by fetishes. This book has a curiosity value. It was seminal, no doubt. It probably expresses the author’s deep obsession. But I didn’t find it very inspiring. It’s okay as an amuse-bouche but not as a main dish.

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