Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was born in Venice, the son of actors who wanted him to become a priest. Instead he had numerous occupations, and is remembered as one of history's great lovers. Stephen Satarelli is a poet and translator of Italian and French literary works. Sophie Hawes is an artist, printmaker, and translator. Gilberto Pizzamiglio is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Venice.
The Story of My Lifeby Giacomo Casanova, Gilberto Pizzamiglio (Editor), Stephen Sartarelli (Translator), Sophie Hawkes (Translator), Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)
Seducer, gambler, necromancer, swindler, swashbuckler, poet, self-made gentleman, bon vivant, Giacomo Casanova was not only the most notorious lover of the Western world, but a supreme story teller. He lived a life stranger than most fictions, and the tale of his own adventures is his most compelling story, and one that remained unfinished at the time of his death. This new selection contains all the highlights of Casanova's life: his youth in Venice as a precocious ecclesiastic; his dabbling in the occult; his imprisonment and thrilling escape; and his amorous conquests, ranging from noblewomen to nuns.
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By far the best translation I've read!
After having read this book, I'm not sure if the reader gets a fair impression of Casanova's life. The account is largely stories his amorous escapades. And this might have been enough, if we hadn't been in anticipation of stories of an adventurer and Renaissance man (spy, economist, etc.). I advise those who would avoid the 12-volume autobiography would be better advised to pursue another translation. Ignoring the content, I give two positive notes on the book. I enjoyed the writing style, and was pleased by the notes and footnotes. On the whole, this translation is unsuitable for serious readers, but appropriate as a casual read.