PRINT March 1989


Book Preview of Venus in Furs

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images.

—Jean Cocteau

The following is a prepublication extract from Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, translated by Aude Willm, and with an introduction by Gilles Deleuze. The book will be published in June 1989 by Zone Books and MIT Press, New York, Cambridge, Mass., and London at 256 pages.

“DO YOU BELIEVE,” I said with feeling (for an idea had just occurred to me, quite an inept and commonplace idea which at the time seemed remarkably profound), “do you believe that your theories could be put into practice in our present century? Do you think Venus could display with impunity her joyous, naked charms in the world of today?”

“Not naked, of course, but dressed in furs, yes,” she laughed. “Would you care to see her?”

“But what then?”

“How do you mean, what then?”

“Beautiful, carefree creatures such as the Ancient Greeks can only

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