The practice of reading gruelling
works of literature, such as War and Peace
, Finnegan's Wake
or The Gulag Archipelago
simply to say you've done so. I myself am a recovering literary masochist
; it becomes an addiction. At one point, I'd regularly read a Dostokevsky
novel in a single weekend.
This term might also be applied to authors who've written entire novels without using the letter 'e', e.g. "A Void" by Georges Perec, or similar feats.