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Casanova
Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius | Laurence Bergreen
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The definitive biography of the impoverished child, abandoned by his parents, who became the famous writer, notorious libertine, and self-invented genius whose name still resonates today: Giacomo Casanova. Today, Casanova is a synonym for great lover, yet the real story of this remarkable figure is little known. Giacomo Casanova was raised by his maternal grandmother, an illiterate peasant. His birthplace, Venice, was a republic in decline, reputedly the most debauched city in Europe. Casanova would add to the republics reputation. Over the course of his lifetime, he claimed to have seduced more than 100 women, among them married women, young women in convents, girls just barely in their teens, and in one notorious instance, his own illegitimate daughter. Casanova came of age in a Venice filled with spies and informers. Naturally brilliant, he was intellectually curious and read forbidden books, for which he was jailed. He staged a dramatic escape from Venices notorious prison, the only person known to have done so. He then fled to France, where he invented the national lottery that still exists to this day. But, intemperate by nature, he made enemies at the French court. He crisscrossed Europe, landing for a while in St. Petersburg, where he was admitted to the court of Catherine the Great. He corresponded with Voltaire and met Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponteassisting them as they composed the timeless opera Don Giovanni. And he wrote what many consider the greatest memoir of the era, the 12-volume Story of My Life. A figure straight out of a Henry Fielding novel: erotic, brilliant, impulsive, and desperate for recognition, Casanova was a self-destructive genius. This witty, roisterous biography exposes his astonishing life in rich, intimate detail. At the same time, it is a dazzling portrait of eighteenth-century Europe from serving girls to kings and courtiers. Esteemed biographer Laurence Bergreen brings a sensual world vividly alive in this irresistible book.
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speljamr
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Found this for $5 from Powell's Books.

Reviewsbylola Gorgeous. 😂 2y
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bullbunny
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For my #purplerain for #princeofJuly I will have to go with another song

https://youtu.be/2sc7JJUCz7A

It's purple line but still has purple in it. A group of guys that was once 5. but now are split into 2 and 3. Such a shame..
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @vkois88

vkois88 👍👍 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! One of the most ubiquitous names in society today (used rhetorically, not for baptizing purposes 😂👏🏻), yet all that is usually known about him was that he was a lady's man. Well, it's high time we figure out who he was, don't you agree? I'm looking forward to this thick bio, who's with me? #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

LeahBergen Sounds good (and hopefully a little ribald 😏). Stacked. 3y
TheLondonBookworm Right with ya fella! 🤓🤓🤓🤓 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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Bree.Hill
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Won this in a Goodreads giveaway a few months ago and finally received it in the mail yesterday. So happy to finally have it especially with a few more days left in Nonfiction November❤

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