Leopold von Sacher-Masoch didn't invent the sexual practice that bears his name, but he did popularize it in this short novel. An example of the found-manuscript manner of storytelling, Venus in Furs is framed by an unnamed narrator telling his dreams to his friend Severin. In those dreams, the narrator discusses love with Venus while she wears furs.
Severin suggests the narrator can break this obsession by reading a manuscript called Memoirs of a Suprasensual Man. That "
About the Author
Joachim Neugroschel has won three PEN translation awards and the French-American translation prize. He has also translated Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs, both for Penguin Classics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.