Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Birth 1836
Death 1895

Where masochism got its name; the psychologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing named the pathological condition of getting pleasure from pain and submission after him. It’s interesting that Sacher-Masoch loved reading the lives of Christian ascetic hermits when he was a child, but on reaching sexual maturity he naturally found the same love for violence from powerful women instead of God. He greatly admired Darwin, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Over time, Sacher-Masoch’s scandalous predilections overshadowed the fact that he was a prolific and very popular writer when he was alive, with Zola, Flaubert and Dumas all paying homage to his work. It was French philosopher Giles Deleuze that pulled the forgotten Sacher-Masoch out from under the rubble of history.

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