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Permission by Saskia Vogel – quietly subversive debut | Books

Permission is a story about grief, loneliness and sadomasochism. There is a dominatrix, a submissive, and same-sex female lovers. There are spanking paddles, safe words and open-toed stilettos along with foot fetishes and rooms in which clients are led on a leash.Or at least, that could be its extended elevator pitch. It takes a while to realise that Saskia Vogel’s quietly subversive debut novel, set on the fringes of Hollywood, is a story of domination and submission because it challenges any preconceptions you might have about BDSM in literature.There is nothing cliched here, no Fifty Shades of corny and no signs of baroque Sadeian orgies with torture chambers and eye-watering acts. Its three central characters form a love triangle, of sorts. There is Echo, a young actress in Los Angeles who is grief-stricken after losing her father, and Orly, a dominatrix with whom Echo begins a relationship but who lives with Piggy, an older man in service to her as “houseboy”.The whips and paddles become part of a modern-day story of love, loneliness and healingThe narrative alternates between Echo’s and Piggy’s inner world, so we get their backstories as well as their loneliness and hunger for connection. While Piggy’s devotion to Orly is all-consuming (“I wished to serve a Goddess who takes genuine sadistic pleasure in my submission to her Will. I wanted to be in a cage of lust, to be taunted with the key that could release me. I wanted Her to render me helpless”), Echo’s grief...

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