It is very diverse, as there is no red thread through the songs. The music seems to be an experiment. The length of the tracks differ from below one minute to over 14 minutes. The lyrics are usually hard to understand, as they are not louder than the instrumentation. Their first EP Extended Play is obviously inspired by The Velvet Underground although Times said in an interview that he did not know the band when he started his project.
There is hardly any synthesizer yet. On the first full-length album, Platonic Love, the synthesizer took the place of the guitar as main leading instrument. In fact, there is not much difference to the music produced with Venus in Furs. You can call it the lost ViF-album. Venus in Furs are a perfect example for a band that came out of the post-punk-explosion.
Their music has elements from punk, synth-pop, dark wave and shoegaze. The whole oeuvre is in low quality, which gives it a special atmosphere. Those songs could be considered the hits of Venus in Furs. A long time I have tried to figure out the lyrics, as they are really hard to understand. Times vocals sound as if they are coming out of some undefined darkness, the modulations from very deep to very high make one shiver.
This brief appearance turned out to be the only network television exposure for either Heliczer or the band. The advertisement was notable for featuring both fetish and surrealist imagery.
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Many of the Protectorate's older creations were even repurposed for war, from the fractal projector designed originally to create dazzling displays of energy to the von Neumann machines that became the Mitosis submarines. Then, Venus, the humanoid construct that was not human, was similarly repurposed into a tool of war. The Collective had studied the human militaries, and in each they had noted the presence of special forces, elite soldiers, decorated operatives who were used for dangerous missions and propaganda purposes.
The Collective wanted a commando of its own for its Infinite Army. Venus, it was found, suited this purpose perfectly. Its A. Now, Venus has been optimised to be a ruthless, efficient, killing machine. To all outward appearances it is nearly indistinguishable from a human. However, it has been greatly changed. The original endoskeleton has been replaced by one made of metal alloys that make it nearly indestructible. A nanite skin now covers the sculpture; originally, Venus only had one form, but now, it can assume many appearances, highly useful for infiltration and evasion.
This she can become only when she has the same rights as he, and is his equal in education and work.
I don't see a strong connection between this novel and Senso. Severin willingly and knowingly sets up the situation with Wanda, over her reservations. Livia embarks on an extramarital affair with Remigio, and overcoming her romantic illusions is a big part of the plot. Senso ends with Livia seeing the reality of her lover and getting bloody revenge. What separates Venus in Furs from other stories of tormented love is that Severin consciously and explicitly wants to be tortured by his lover. Livia doesn't want to be mistreated, at least not consciously.
I suggest there's no greater connection between Venus in Furs and Senso than any other story of torturous love. It's not the original cover art, what's the point of showing it here?
He knew he was beautiful and behaved accordingly; he would change his coquettish attire four or five times a day, like a vain courtesan. In Paris he had appeared first in women's garb, and the men had stormed him with love letters. An Italian singer, famous equally for both his art and his passion, invaded the Greek's apartment, knelt down, and threatened to take his own life if his plea was not granted. Even Severin has a bit of crush on him. I had to keep reminding myself that this book was written in At times, it voices startlingly modern sentiments.
Sacher-Masoch certainly wasn't your average Austrian. I gave Venus in Furs four stars because I enjoyed it rather more than I was expecting. The ending pissed me off a bit, as did Severin's constant cries of "Wanda!
Give it a go. I dare you. Nov 14, Khashayar Mohammadi rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , german-lit , classics. I love this book so much it worries me. View 2 comments. Sep 18, Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves: novellas. Haven't reviewed on goodreads in a while, but was googling this work's translation dates and came across the negative reviews here. Thought I should contribute my defence.
What Makes Venus in Furs a groundbreaking and thoroughly enjoyable work? Accordingly, it created a sensation among early readers by presenting Haven't reviewed on goodreads in a while, but was googling this work's translation dates and came across the negative reviews here.
Accordingly, it created a sensation among early readers by presenting shocking content deviant sexuality within a deeply conservative, conventional form. The novella demands that we read the layers of art within art, dream within fiction.
It anticipates the work of his fellow Austrian, Sigmund Freud, particularly his Interpretation of Dreams The famous sexologist Kraft-Ebbing is deeply indebted to Sacher-Masoch, as one sees in the monumental Psychopathia sexualis The sadist Wanda and the masochist Severin set up a contract wherein he relinquishes himself utterly to her will.
The fiction's contract was based on a real contract Sacher-Masoch made with his wife!!! She can only be his slave or his despot, but never his companion.
This she can become only when she has the same rights as he, and is his equal in education and work. It's not a world I'd want to live in, but certainly a delightfully cruel world to imagine.
Deleuze has an interesting book on Venus in Furs -- Coldness and Cruelty. View 1 comment. Feb 24, Cheryl Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves: , austrian-writer , masochism. The DSM-IV lists masochism as a derivation of sexual gratification from being subjected to physical pain or humiliation by oneself or another person. Pleasure is being abused or dominated.
The psychiatric bible must have read Venus in Furs for its definitions. Even the word used for sexual pursuits comes from the author's name. Sacher-Masoch was an Austrian writer of letters and a journalist. I stopped counting books attributed to him when it was greater than forty. He wrote Venus in Furs in The DSM-IV lists masochism as a derivation of sexual gratification from being subjected to physical pain or humiliation by oneself or another person.
He wrote Venus in Furs in though the word, masochism's first known use was in according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. That suggests that Severin von Kusiemski, along with his mistress, Wanda von Dunajew are the originators of why and how methods of domination enhance pleasure to some people. In fact, this novella is a comprehensive study guide to the ambivalence of love. Aug 16, Greg rated it it was ok. How I caused irreparable harm to our entire country because of a relationship gone sour with the author of Anti-Oedipus " Confession time.
I didn't really read this book, but I'm going to rate it anyway. I did read the Deleuze book Cruelty , which is him writing about Venus in Furs , and then the book itself. I remember really liking the Deleuze part, but at that point in my life I was so in love with Deleuze that he could have written anything and I would have ejaculated all over it.
It was a bad t How I caused irreparable harm to our entire country because of a relationship gone sour with the author of Anti-Oedipus " Confession time. It was a bad time for me, I thought things were going great between me and Giles, but it was still in the early months of our relationship, and things looked rosy. I didn't realize that I would become painfully co-dependent on him and that he would plague me for the next year, taunting me, not letting me get my school work done while he kept calling to me, asking me to read just one more book of his, one more essay, telling me that the paper I was writing on him would never be good enough.
And then about 20 months after our cheery romance began, I finally thought I would break free of him. I finished my stupid paper, at the price of basically ruining an entire year of school in the process, costing me more money then I make in a year in tuition, but I got it done; but Deleuze had the last laugh, the morning I finally dropped the paper into a mailbox to get it out of my life and into my professors hands he masterminded a complex plot to destroy a couple of buildings that just happened to be right across the street from the mailbox my paper was sitting in, and causing it never to make it to the professor actually it did make it to him, but I had to resend it , but Deleuze's actions that day made me so fed up with the academic pretensions I'd been harboring that he successfully ruined grad school.
Do I really believe that a dead French philosopher did all of this? Yes, yes I do. Anyway, I really liked his part of the book. The part about the really fucked up relationship and fur coats and shit I didn't really like. So I thought I'd say that, just to clarify my opinion on another rating that has no review attached to it. View all 21 comments. Mar 19, Morgan rated it it was amazing. After reading Fanny Hill and Marquis de Sade, it only made sense to read this novella.
For erotica, Venus in Furs is actually well thought out and written. Each of the main characters represent something either dealing with the human mind or mythology. You have Wanda the title character that represents power and Venus and Seve After reading Fanny Hill and Marquis de Sade, it only made sense to read this novella.
You have Wanda the title character that represents power and Venus and Severin the narrator who is represents obedience and Dionysus. The main plot of the story is Severin is obsessed with finding his Venus in Furs. He finds Wanda who looks like the goddess, but she is a dominatrix. She wants Severin as a sexual slave than a lover. He starts obeying his mistress until a Greek named Alexis they call him Apollo joins in on the fun. Then the conflict and the real drama of the book starts.
I love the use of mythology. In many ways, Severin is Faust trying to bring Helen back from the dead to have sex with her, except Severin is trying to make his dream of Venus in Furs a reality. Maybe you can see some of Wonder Woman in this book as well. View all 4 comments. I wanted to write an in-depth review, quoting favorite passages from the book, but for now let's just say that this was the right read for me at the right time.
I was expecting it to be titillating and dirty but instead encountered something rather lovely: a concentrated tale of obsession and longing and risky role playing that turns a woman emulating a simple ancient Grecian hedonism into a enthusiastic wielder of capricious physical and mental cruelty -- rendered to the sadomasochistic male lo I wanted to write an in-depth review, quoting favorite passages from the book, but for now let's just say that this was the right read for me at the right time.
I was expecting it to be titillating and dirty but instead encountered something rather lovely: a concentrated tale of obsession and longing and risky role playing that turns a woman emulating a simple ancient Grecian hedonism into a enthusiastic wielder of capricious physical and mental cruelty -- rendered to the sadomasochistic male lover who goads her into it in the first place and ends up getting more than he bargains for in the process.
This is a tale dressed in elegant clothes and exquisitely described 19th-century European settings. I just found the whole book charming.
The bonus short story, "The Black Czarina" is a superfluous leftover scrap in the same vein. You can safely skip it. This edition of "Venus in Furs" is the translation by H.Venus in Furs started as a band, but later continued as a duo. The mastermind of the band was multi-instrumentalist Times. The mastermind of the band was multi-instrumentalist Times. Times also had a one-album side-project, called The Brothers Christ, and after the last Venus in Furs album continued to make instrumental music under the name.