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Literature: Venus in Furs
Venus in Furs (Venus im Pelz) is a book, published in 1870, by Leopold Sacher-Masoch that largely led to him lending his name to the term Masochism. It deals with his fantasies of a pale skinned woman wearing furs (hence the name) and dominating him. It was supposed to be part of a larger series of novellas, covering "all" of human life. Sacher-Masoch never finished the series, and what he did write, apart from Venus is pretty much forgotten.

The plot: Severin, a young nobleman falls in love with a beautiful woman, whom he calls his "Venus in Fur". They start a relationship, with him as the slave (she even makes him sign a document, explicitly stating this). Later however, she falls in love with Alexis, a dominant Greek guy, who brutally whips the narrator. Later, after the Greek has died, she tells her (now ex-)slave that she might have married him - if only he hadn't been that perverted and insisted to be her slave. Severin admits he's been wrong and from now on treats women dominantly.

The Velvet Underground made a well-known song from it, and there have obviously been several film adaptations. Some even attempt to be artsy!

It has its counterpart in the works of Marquis Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, most notably Justine, Juliette and The 120 Days of Sodom; and its OTHER counterpart in The story of O, by Pauline Reage.

This book provides examples of:

  • Author Appeal
  • Bishōnen - Alexis Papadopolis. Severin even recounts how Alexis dressed as a woman in Paris and had many admirers.
  • Fetish - A book focused about it.
  • Fiery Redhead - Wanda
  • Naked in Mink - She does wear some furs with nothing else.
  • Pretty in Mink - This Venus does wear lovely furs.
  • Trope Namer - Not a trope on this site, but "Masochism" was named for the author because of this book.

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alternative title(s): Venus In Furs
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