Memoirs of Casanova (1792) is the autobiography of Italian adventure and socialite Giacomo Casanova. Written at the end of his life, the Memoirs capture the experiences of one of Europe’s most notorious figures, a man whose escapades as a gambler, womanizer, and socialite are matched only by his unique gift for sharing them with the world.
More than perhaps any other man, Casanova sought to emulate the lessons of the Enlightenment on the level of everyday life, a sentiment captured perfectly in the opening sentence of his Memoirs: “I will begin with this confession: whatever I have done in the course of my life, whether it be good or evil, has been done freely; I am a free agent. ”Memoirs of Casanova Volume V finds Giacomo Casanova serving as an aide to a powerful Venetian senator. Back in the city of his birth, surrounded with the vices and old friends who forced him to leave in the first place, Casanova soon finds himself in dire straits.
When a practical joke goes horribly wrong, he escapes to the city of Parma, hoping to reinvent himself yet again. There, however, he unexpectedly falls in love with a Frenchwoman named Henriette, a soul whose wit and beauty tempt the young libertine—perhaps for the first and last time—to settle down and sow his wild oats. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Giacomo Casanova’s Memoirs of Casanova is a classic of European literature reimagined for modern readers.