Giovanni Giacomo Casanova

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Casanova, Giovanni Giacomo


Born Apr. 2, 1725, in Venice; died June 4, 1798, in Dux Castle, in Bohemia. Italian writer and memoirist.

Casanova led a stormy life, traveling all over Europe and often being imprisoned. He is the author of several historical works and a fantasy novel, Icosameron (1788). The History of My Flight (1788) was part of his posthumously published Memoirs (1st ed., in German, translated from the original French; parts 1–12, 1822–28). Casanova’s memoirs are extraordinarily candid about his intimate life and present penetrating observations on the social mores of his time and a sober evaluation of historical events.


In Russian translation:
Memuary. St. Petersburg, 1887.


Zweig, S. “Tri pevtsa svoei zhizni: Kazanova—Stendal’—Tolstoi.” Sobr. soch., vol. 6. Leningrad [1929].
Lucas-Dubreton, J. Le Don Juan de Venise: Casanova. Paris [1955].
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