Casanova in Bolzano

Author(s): Géorge Szirtes (Translator); Sándor Márai

Literary Fiction

Another rediscovered masterpiece from the Hungarian novelist whose Embers became an international bestseller--a sensuous, suspenseful, aphoristic novel about the world's most notorious seducer and the encounter that changes him forever. In 1756 Giacomo Casanova escapes from a Venetian prison and resurfaces in the Italian village of Bolzano. Here he receives an unwelcome visitor: the aging but still fearsome Duke of Parma, who years before had defeated Casanova in a duel over a ravishing girl named Francesca and spared his life on condition that he never see her again. Now the duke has taken Francesca as his wife--and intercepted a love letter from her to his old rival. Rather than kill Casanova on the spot, he makes him a startling offer, one that is logical, perverse, and irresistible. Turning an historical episode into a dazzling fictional exploration of the clasp of desire and death, Casanova in Bolzano is further proof that S ndor M rai is one of the most distinctive voices of the twentieth century.


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General Fields

  • : 9780375712968
  • : Random House
  • : Random House
  • : November 2005
  • : .6 Inches X 5.2 Inches X 8 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Géorge Szirtes (Translator); Sándor Márai
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 304