The Story of My Life

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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. Since he lived a life richer and stranger than most fictions, the tale of his own adventures is his most compelling story, but his memoir remained-at twelve volumes-unfinished at the time of his death. In these selections culled from authoritative French texts are all the highlights of Casanova's life: his youth in Venice as a precocious ecclesiastic; carousing and dabbling in the occult; imprisonment and thrilling escape; travels and encounters with major literary figures and world leaders; and, of course, many amorous conquests, ranging from noblewomen to nuns to cobblers' daughters, all of them willing partners in the adventures of his life.

The first new translation since the 1960s, this Penguin Classics edition will provide readers with the most famous episodes as well as the overall shape of a monumental work in one beautiful, unique volume.




 

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I picked this audiobook up because it's read by Benedict Cumberbatch, and honestly I thought I could listen to him read *anything* to me. I've been proven so, so very wrong. In fact, the bit that is ... Read full review

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It took me a few months to read all 6 volumes, but it was well worth it. I really like Casanova's style of writing and his sense of humor. These books really give you some insight in Europe in the ... Read full review

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Contents

PREFACE
1
I
13
II
23
III
42
IV
59
V
84
VI
102
VII
109
XIV
235
XV
252
XVI
270
XVII
289
XVIII
311
XIX
330
XX
353
XXI
378

VIII
143
IX
159
X
179
XI
190
XII
203
XIII
219
XXII
392
XXIII
423
XXIV
441
XXV
466
NOTES
497
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Page 497 - Battistini, Lo specchio di Dedalo. Autobiografia e biografia, Bologna, II Mulino, 1990; Y.

About the author (2001)

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.

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