Venus in Furs, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

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Serverin von Kusiemski is so infatuated with Wanda von Dunajew that he asks that she treats him as a slave. He convinces her and signs agreements to that effect, but all does not turn out well. The novel draws themes and character inspiration from Sacher-Masoch's own life, and incorporates many autobiographical details. First published in 1870, Venus in Furs is possibly the best known of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's works and it's notoriety helped immortalize him with the coining of masochism.

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