– Criticism and interpretation. 3· Masochism in literature. 4· Sadism in literature. I. Deleuze, Gilles. Presentation de Sacher-Masoch, le froid et le cruel. Gilles Deleuze. MASOCHISM. An Interpretation of Coldness and Cruelty together with the entire text of. VENUS IN FURS by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Masochism: Gilles Deleuze, Coldness and cruelty and Leo- pold von Sacher- Masoch, Venus in furs. Tr. Jean McNeil. New York: Zone Books, Pp.

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Aug 25, Khashayar Mohammadi rated it it was ok Shelves: The Movement Image Cinema 2: I really loved is that the right word? Once in betrayal and under torture, the masochist seeks the oral mother.

Mar 14, Eyre rated it it was amazing. I do not have the masochsm knowledge of philosophy and psychoanalysis to really understand most of what he’s arguing here.

Deleuze’s section of this book is pretty good – he develops his theory that sadism and masochism are not two sides of the same coin, but separate pathologies – er, separate technologies of subversion. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One will move you more powerfully than the rest and it will become like an obsession – write it down!!

The only thing I felt was lacking is this: Later in his career he wrote some of the more infamous texts of the period, in particular, Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus. Also, one might say, in a Deleuzian manner, that an obsession with coldness is actually an obsession with an absent warmness.


Deleuze is by far one of the most brilliant scholar and philosopher of his time. Spinoza The Logic mwsochism Sense Spinoza: In this book, which is written in a both poetic and easy way, the author does a literary critic of Sacher-Masoch works but he also goes much furtheranalyzing Deleuze is by far one of the most brilliant scholar and philosopher of his time.

Therefore, the project is one that moves beyond the purely clinical realm. Maybe not everyone would be comfortable with Deleuze’s characterization of sadists as mathematician-like and machinistic and masochists as more purely engaged in education and devotion, but I like it!

I bet they’re not.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs by Gilles Deleuze

Coldness and Cruelty French: I was mainly interested in Deleuze explaining de Sade, and realize now that it would have been better for me to have picked up the famous book on de Sade written by Pierre Klossowski. In the Foreword Deleuze states that Masoch has a particular way of “desexualising love while at the same time sexualizing the entire history of humanity”. Waiting, disavowal, suspense, fetishism, fantasy aren’t isolated, private phenomena.

You may need to fill in some dots yourself; that’s fun, to a degree.

I can’t say that in future inquiries I’ll likely be adducing Masoch as a model of fulfilling intimacy or Deleuze as a masochiwm theoretical touchstone. Aug 26, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 03, Maybellestyle rated it really liked it. Ronald Bogue writes that while Deleuze addresses traditional literary questions in Masochism: The story of my past life.


Riveting and of course at times more then a little terrifying. Deleuze argues that Masochism is something far more subtle and complex than the enjoyment of pain and that Masochism has nothing to do with Sadism.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

Obviously, coldness is a theme of ‘Venus’, but if there is any ‘heart’ in masochistic fantasy, it is in transgressive irony and in the excessive sincerity which Wanda identifies in Masoch. Furs and whips are optional. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Deleuze succeeds in showing that sadism and masochism are not symmetrical concepts that can be found in the same person, but are very specific concepts that exist in entirely different worlds.

View all 4 comments. Want to Read saving…. While the subject is cool, sexy, and provocative, the execution is somewhat tame – as fitting the time period in which the book was written.