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Title: Le Chevalier de Sacher-Masoch: Un Grand Anormal
Description: Paris, Les Editions De France. 1938, First Edition. Paperback, 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Rare early biography of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, author of Venus in Furs. French text. Today Sacher-Masoch is famous only for contributing his name to the catalogue of sexual deviations. But he was a man of diverse interests and achievement: Darwinist, atheist, follower of Schopenhauer, democrat and anti-monarchist, he called for the reform of working conditions and even had proposals for a United States of Europe almost 100 years before the Treaty of Rome. His study of the European Jewish community, Jewish Tales (1878), is still regarded as one of the best ever written. He wrote two novels in the 1860s that were to establish him on the European scene and lead critics to compare him favourably with Turgenev: Don Juan of Kolomea (1864) and The Separated Wife (1865). The latter featuring an imperious and cruel femme fatale, the often repeated motif that immortalised him. He desired to create a Northern Venus, an icy beauty in furs to rival her southern counterpart; and so Venus in Furs, the book on which his lasting fame is based, was written and later published in Germany in 1870. The book, although brutal at times, is today regarded as a deeply romantic tale and a classic of European decadent literature, ranking alongside Mirbeau's Torture Garden and Huysmans' Against Nature. In 1873 he married Aurora von Rumelin, who wrote a number of novels under the pseudonym Wanda von Dunajev and is the Wanda of Venus in Furs. He received a great deal of female correspondence as a result of his work, of which he took full advantage. Apparently Sacher-Masoch died in 1895, shortly after his wife found him in his study, the body of his beloved cat strangled on his lap and his hands covered in blood due to the cat's last desperate struggle. There is still some speculation that he did not die but was whisked away to an asylum where he survived for a further 10 years. Fine.

Keywords: Biography Literary Criticism Sade Sadism Erotica Sexology Masochism Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch S&M Sexuality Sexual Behaviour Austrian Literature Erotische Literatur

Price: GBP 40.00 = appr. US$ 57.12 Seller: Delectus Books
- Book number: 002923

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