By Andrei Codrescu
An erotic, comedic, and compulsively readable historic novel depicting the beguiling Giacomo Casanova as he seems again on a lifetime of love and ribald adventure
In count number Waldstein's far-flung Bohemian fort, an getting older Casanova spends his days as a librarian cataloging the count's wide selection of books. Or no less than that's what he's imagined to be doing. Ever the storyteller, Casanova as a substitute dedicates himself to his personal writing, for which the younger servant Laura Brock serves as an perpetually interested viewers. He recounts to her his maximum escapades—from romances in a Venetian convent to the seduction of a whole harem to the successful accumulating (and next loss) of a fortune in Paris. Enlivened by way of the French Revolution and the releasing rules of the Enlightenment, Casanova's most up-to-date exploits end up he nonetheless possesses an highbrow vigour and insatiable interest. Even previous age can't retain this mythical libertine—who corresponded with Voltaire, mentioned flight with Benjamin Franklin, and whose existence and writings encouraged artists as various as Mozart, Flaubert, Stendhal, and Hesse—from inflicting trouble.
wealthy with eighteenth-century eu social, political, and non secular heritage, Casanova in Bohemia is an lively and erotic portrait of Western literature's so much cherished lothario, whose hedonism used to be matched by means of his creativity and wit.
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It was clear that Gustl had reason to think we might click, so I readily agreed. I thought Gustl's gesture was so nice, that I told him not to be afraid to come and see me if things didn't go better with him. We met a few days later in a little park, not far off from where I lived. It had a children's bathing pool, and swings and other playtime devices. I found it a delightful place, ringing with children's carefree voices, and the splash of their small bodies as they threw themselves into the water.
One or two of us were pursuing choristers or telegraph boys (in imagination), others young beauties of our own generation (with varying success), and only one, as far as I can remember, liked older men and had yielded to the importunities of a famous writer who used to visit Cambridge fairly frequently. A friend who had grown to be very close to me, interested in literary experiments as I was, a non-Etonian, told me that he had agreed to go to bed with a young man who languished for him, quite clinically described the episode to me as if it had not been more than an interesting experiment, and admitted that the physical side had slightly disgusted him.
I was, however, not entirely right in this advance judgement. One of the younger men, a few years older than myself, invited me to an evening party at his house a month or two after I had joined. I had the impression that he had been keeping a careful eye on me. As soon as I turned up at his house, he showed me almost excessive friendliness, far more than I expected. The party was mixed, and very crowded in the comparatively small rooms. He introduced me to a large number of people, both male and female, whose names I immediately forgot, and then suggested I sit down on the floor beside a young man who greeted me with especial sympathy just as if he had wanted to meet me for a long time while my host went to get me a drink.