“Venus in Furs” is the fourth part of the first book, which was entitled, “Love.” It was published in 1870. It was written by Austrian author Ritter von Leopold Sacher-Masoch. To this day, it remains as one of his best known works. Set in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy, the general theme of the book is the male sexual desire for a woman’s domination. The theme also gives an incredible insight into gender rights and power structure of the time. Since being written, the book has inspired many cultural references and introduced the concept of sado-masochism into Western culture. You can read a free version of this book at Gutenberg.org. For fans of the read, a Penguin Classics copy can be purchased at Amazon.com.