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Story of My Life

Story of My Life - 00 edition

Story of My Life - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780140439151

ISBN10: 0140439153

Story of My Life by Giacomo Casanova, Stephen Sartarelli and Sophie  Trans. Hawkes - ISBN 9780140439151
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published:
International: No
Story of My Life by Giacomo Casanova, Stephen Sartarelli and Sophie  Trans. Hawkes - ISBN 9780140439151

ISBN13: 9780140439151

ISBN10: 0140439153


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Summary

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.

Author Bio

Casanova, Giacomo :

Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was born in Venice, the son of actors who wanted him to become a priest.


Sartarelli, Stephen :

Stephen Sartarelli is a poet and translator of a wide range of literary works from Italian and French.


Hawkes, Sophie :

Sophie Hawkes is an artist, printmaker, and translator.


Pizzamiglio, Gilberto : University of Venice

Gilberto Pizzamiglio is professor of Italian literature at the University of Venice. He has written on Goldoni, Gozzi, and Foscolo.