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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2001

    AN OUTSTANDING BLEND OF FACT AND FICTION

    Using an actual meeting between Casanova and Mozart in October of 1787 Anthony Rudel has imagined a creative, witty and enthralling story of that day and time. The then 62-year-old Casanova and 31-year-old Mozart, so it is believed, met in a Prague coffeehouse to discuss a groundbreaking new opera based on the life of Don Juan, Don Giovanni. Add to this pair the poet and opera's librettist, Leonardo Da Ponte, another iron willed individual. At the last minute, just as the royally decreed date for the opera's opening performance nears, Mozart and La Ponte disagree - in spades. Work on the opera stops until Casanova arrives with countless stories and eyebrow-raising ideas. As if this cast of characters were not exciting enough - enter the Marquis de Sade. Rudel's tale takes readers on a tour of Prague, one of the 18th century's most entrancing cities. We visit its elegant society balls, its country inns, and are privy to the thoughts Mozart's wife, Constanze, who seems smitten with the zealous and somewhat overpowering Casanova. A blend of fact and fiction has worked extremely well in countless novels. With 'Imagining Don Giovanni' it is a memorable accomplishment.

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