Venus in Furs is a novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. The novel tells the story of Severin von Kusiemski, a young man who is obsessed with the idea of being dominated and degraded by a woman. He finds the perfect woman to fulfill his desires in Wanda von Dunajew, a wealthy widow who agrees to become his "Venus in furs."
Severin's infatuation with Wanda leads him to follow her to Italy, where they engage in a passionate and tumultuous relationship that ultimately culminates in tragedy. Throughout the novel, Sacher-Masoch explores themes of power, sexuality, and gender roles, as well as the psychological and emotional complexities of BDSM relationships.
The novel has been widely acclaimed for its vivid and sensual prose, as well as its groundbreaking exploration of taboo sexual desires. Its influence can be seen in the development of the BDSM subculture and in works of literature and film that explore similar themes.