Venus in Furs-Part 5

She stops over in Vienna for a day to go shopping, and particularly to buy series of luxurious gowns. She continues to treat me as…

Venus in Furs-Part 4

Sometimes, nevertheless, I have an uneasy feeling about placing myself so absolutely, so unconditionally into a woman’s hands. Suppose she did abuse my passion, her…

Venus in Furs-Part 3

After having spent a feverish night filled with confused dreams, I awoke. Dawn was just beginning to break. How much of what was hovering in…

Venus in Furs-Part 2

“Now you understand the supersensual fool! Under the lash of a beautiful woman my senses first realized the meaning of woman. In her fur-jacket she…

Venus in Furs-Part 1

“Place thy foot upon thy slave, Oh thou, half of hell, half of dreams; Among the shadows, dark and grave, Thy extended body softly gleams.”…

TO AMOR

“The pair of wings a fiction are, The arrows, they are naught but claws, The wreath conceals the little horns, For without any doubt he…

CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERSENSUAL MAN

The margin of the manuscript bore as motto a variation of the well-known lines from Faust: “Thou supersensual sensual wooer A woman leads you by the…

Chapter 2

While he remained silent, the fire sang in the chimney and the large venerable samovar sang; and the ancient chair in which I sat rocking…

Chapter 1

“But the Almighty Lord hath struck him, and hath delivered him into the hands of a woman.” —The Vulgate, Judith, xvi. 7. My company was…