What is the summary for "Venus in Furs" by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch?

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The novel "Venus in Furs" was written by an Austrian writer by the name of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. The book pulls different happenings from the author's life, such as female dominance. The narrator in the novel is unknown, but speaks to Severin, another main character and tells him to give up his fantasy of having a very harsh and cruel woman. Severin is suppose to read a manuscript, which will help him give up his fantasy. This manuscript describes a man named Severin who wants to be a slave to a woman by the name of Wanda. At first, Wanda does not understand why Severin wants to be treated harshly, but she humors his fantasy. After the two travel to Italy, Wanda hires three different African women to abuse Severin, but their relationship quickly changes when Wanda finds a man whom she wants to serve. Severin learns of Wanda's new love and no longer has any desire to be dominated by any female.