Ian Kelly Casanova

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Casanova

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9780340922156: Casanova

"A sheer testament to the power of the written word." (The New York Times)

Giacomo Casanova's energy was dazzling. He made and lost fortunes, founded state lotteries, and wrote forty-two books and 3,600 pages of memoirs recording the tastes and smells of the years before the French Revolution-as well as his affairs and sexual encounters with dozens of women and a handful of men.

Historian Ian Kelly draws on previously unpublished documents from the Venetian Inquisition, and documents by Casanova and his friends and lovers, which give new insights into his life and world. Kelly's research spans eighteenth-century Venice, Paris, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Rome, Prague, and the Czech castle where Casanova lived, wrote, and died.

From his devotion to kabbalah to his collaboration with Mozart and librettist Da Ponte on the opera Don Giovanni, from his vast appetite for food and sex to his training for the priesthood, Casanova reveled in the commedia dell'arte. And, as Kelly posits, it is from Casanova's careful study of its artifice and illusion that his success as both a libertine and a libertarian was founded.

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About the Author:

Ian Kelly’s books Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Careme, the First Celebrity Chef and Beau Brummell: The Ultimate Man of Style were published to wide acclaim in both the United Kingdom and the United States. A writer, an actor, and the director of television documentaries, he writes frequently about food and travel for many British publications, among them The Times and The Guardian. He lives in London with his wife and their two children.

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The ultimate self-invented "new man" of the new world of 18th-century Europe, Casanova has become such a figure of legend that it requires a biography such as Kelly's to place him correctly in context. As a biographer, Kelly (Beau Brummell) has a flair for deconstructing what seems outrageous and inexplicable and making sense of a turbulent life. A citizen of Venice, Casanova was at home all over Europe, easily making inroads into the ranks of power and prestige via the church, the theater, and the aristocracy. His connections helped him in whatever pursuit he was engaged in at the time, be it espionage, literary aspirations, scams, or his constant and infamous seductions. The "facts" in Casanova's own autobiography often defy belief, but Kelly's deft handling of the historical facts separates truth from fiction and offers background information that counterbalances Casanova's claims. The book's contents are interestingly arranged into acts, scenes, and intermezzos that perfectly capture the theatricality and staged quality of Casanova's life. Although the biography does lose direction when it becomes a graphic and unpleasant catalog of sexual escapades, the historical overview of the man and the era is very well done. Recommended where interest demands.—Elizabeth Morris, Barrington Area Lib., IL
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