Sado-masochism has become an influence on art, fashion, literature and thought. Who are the masochists, and why are they doing it? Is is a dangerous perversion, or a harmless, playful pastime? Addressing these questions, this book presents a portrait of human longing, curiosity and eroticism, drawing on a variety of literary, psychoanalytic and cultural sources, from Freud and Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs" to David Lynch films and "The Story of O".

Defence of Masochism 1999, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571196975

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A Defence of Masochism 1998, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571190423

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