The Memoirs: Selections from Casanova's

The Memoirs: Selections from Casanova's "Story of My Life"

by Giacomo Casanova
     
 

Seducer, gambler, necromancer, swindler, Good Samaritan, spy, swashbuckler, self-made gentleman, entrepreneur, wit, poet, translator, philosopher and general bon vivant, Giacomo Casanova was not only the most notorious lover the Western world has known, but also a storyteller of the first order. And as he lived a life richer and stranger than most fictions, the story…  See more details below

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Seducer, gambler, necromancer, swindler, Good Samaritan, spy, swashbuckler, self-made gentleman, entrepreneur, wit, poet, translator, philosopher and general bon vivant, Giacomo Casanova was not only the most notorious lover the Western world has known, but also a storyteller of the first order. And as he lived a life richer and stranger than most fictions, the story of his own adventures is naturally the most compelling of those he has to tell. He roamed the vast and changeable universe of 18th-century Europe, a world of dazzling brilliance and shadowy darkness in which countesses and impostors, pimps and princes, soldiers and scholars, priests and actresses, ambassadors and courtesans all crossed paths in the blind pursuit of pleasure, fortune, and knowledge. Entering this world with clamor and grace, and causing plenty of trouble, he moved with ease through that traffic of ideas and desires that kept the tavern always within reach of the salon, the throne never far from the gambling table and brothel.

In these selections from the monumental autobiography that Casanova titled The Story of My Life, the first such compendium in English since the definitive French text was established in 1959, we encounter all the essential elements of his eventful days on earth: his youth in Venice as precocious adolescent ecclesiastic; his carousing and dabbling in the occult; his imprisonment and thrilling escape; his far-ranging travels and encounters with such major literary figures as Crebillon and Voltaire and world leaders such as Catherine the Great and Frederick of Prussia. And all of it spiced, of course, with countless amorous conquests, with mistresses always different, from noblewomen to nuns to cobblers' daughters, always fully-fleshed and three-dimensional, willing partners in the adventure of his life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568860633
Publisher:
Marsilio Publishers
Publication date:
08/15/1999
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.68(d)

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