“History of my life” Casanova in brief summary

“History of my life” Casanova in brief summary

The illustrious Venetian adventurer, whose name became a household name, was a brilliant narrator; gradually he began to write down his stories; these records grew into memoirs.

Like any true adventurer, Kazakova spends life on the road. Arriving one day in Constantinople, he meets the venerable philosopher Yusuf and the rich Turk Ismail. Admired by the judgments of Casanova, Yusuf offers him to go to Islam, marry his only daughter and become his full-fledged heir. Ismail himself also shows his love to the visitor, why he almost did not break with the hospitable Turk. After experiencing another series of adventures, Casanova departs back to Europe, with a call to the island of Corfu, where she manages to fall in love and start an affair.

On the way to Paris Casanova lingers

in Turin; there he finds “still beautiful – a city, a courtyard, a theater” and women, starting with the Duchesses of the Savoy. But, despite this, none of the local ladies are not awarded the love of the great heartthrob, except for the casual washerwoman in the hotel, and therefore soon he continues his journey. Staying in Lyon, Casanova becomes a “free mason, a disciple,” and two months later, in Paris, he ascends to the second stage, and then to the third, that is, receives the title of “master.” “This stage is the highest,” for the other titles have only a symbolic meaning and “nothing is added to the title of master.”

In Paris, Casanova looks, watches, meets with literary celebrities. The crebebion praises the skill of Casanova the narrator, but notes that his French speech, although quite understandable, sounds “like Italian phrases.” Krebiyon is ready to give lessons to a talented Italian, and Casanova studies the French language under his direction for a whole year. An inquisitive traveler visits the Opera, the Italians, the French comedy, and the “Hotel du Roulet” – a cheerful institution headed by Madame Paris. The girls there make such an impression on the Italian that he regularly visits him until his move to Fontainebleau.


Fontainebleau, Louis XV is hunted every year, and for the month and a half that the king spends on hunting, the whole courtyard, together with the actors and actresses from the Opera, moves to Fontainebleau. There, Casanova gets acquainted with the august family, as well as with Madame de Pompadour, sincerely in love with her handsome king. Spinning among the charming ladies of the court, Casanova does not forget about the beauties of the townspeople. The daughter of his landlady becomes the culprit of his encounter with the French justice. Noticing that the girl is in love with him, the adventurer can not help but console the beauty, and soon it turns out that the child will have a child. The mother of the girl appeals to the court, but the judge, after listening to the clever answers of the accused, releases him in peace, sentencing only to pay court costs. However, moved by the tears of the girl, Casanova gives her money for childbirth. Later he meets her at the fair – she became an actress in a comic opera. The actress is also the girl Vezian, a young Italian who came to Paris to pity the minister and get something for her dead father, an officer of the French army. Casanova helps a young compatriot get a figurine at the Opera, where she quickly finds herself a wealthy patron. Casanova arranges fate and accidentally met him in the booth of a thirteen-year-old mess. Seeing the sharp perfection of the girl’s forms under the filthy gaze under the dirt, Casanova herself launches it and sends it to the artist-to paint her portrait. This portrait comes to the eyes of the king, who immediately orders to deliver the original to him. So the girl, nicknamed Casanova O-Morfi, for two years settles in the Deer Park. After parting with her, the king gives her to marry one of his officers. The son of his time, Casanova has a wide variety of knowledge, including kabbalistic knowledge. With their help, he cures the Duchess of Chartres from acne, which greatly contributes to his success in society.

In Paris, Dresden, Venice – wherever Casanova is, he makes acquaintances both with the inhabitants of gay houses, and with all the pretty women that one can find around. And women, worthy of attention of the brilliant adventurer, for the sake of his love are ready for anything. A painful Venetian girl, knowing the love of Casanova, even cured of his illness; This girl so bewitches the great adventurer that he is ready even to marry her. But there is an unforeseen event: the Venetian tribunal of the Inquisition arrests Kazanov as a violator of public peace, a conspirator and “a heinous villain.” In addition to the denunciations written by jealousy and jealousy, in the house at Casanova find books of incantations and instructions on the influence of the planets, which gives grounds to blame it also in the black magic.

Casanova is put in Piombi, Lead prison. From the anguish and pious books that jailers put him, Casanova falls ill. The doctor called by the warder orders the prisoner to overcome his longing. Casanova decides, risking her life, to get her freedom: “Either I’ll be killed, or I’ll finish it.” However, a lot of time passes from the idea to the realization of it. Hardly Casanova manages to make an acute stiletto and to poke a hole in the floor, as it is transferred to another cell. The warden discovers traces of his works, but the inventive adventurer manages to intimidate the jailer, threatening to expose him to his superiors with his accomplice. Wanting to appease the prisoner, the warder allows him to change books with other prisoners. Hiding the letters in book bindings, Casanova ties up with Padre Bali, sitting in prison for a dissolute life. The monk appears to be active in nature, and since Casanova needs an assistant, he secures his support. After making holes in the ceilings of their cells, and then in the lead roof, Casanova and Balbi flee from prison. When they are free, they aspire to leave the borders of the Venetian Republic as soon as possible. Casanove has to part with his fellow misfortune, who became a burden to him, and, not connected with anyone, he rushes to the border. And then Casanova again in Paris; in front of him is an important task – to replenish the purse, which was fairly exhausted during his stay in prison. He suggests that interested parties arrange a lottery. And since “there is no other place in the world where it would be so easy to fool people”, then he manages to get from this enterprise all the possible benefits. He does not forget about the corrupt beauties and noble admirers of his various talents. Unexpectedly ill with his new friend La Tour d’? Auvergne; Casanova, claiming that a damp spirit had taken possession of him, undertook to heal him, having stamped Solomon’s seal, and was drawing a five-pointed star on his hip. Six days later, La Tour d? The Auvergne is on its feet again. He introduces Casanova with the venerable Marquise d’? Jurfa, passionately carried away by the occult sciences. The Marquis has an excellent collection of manuscripts of the great alchemists; in her house she arranged a real laboratory where something is constantly evaporated and distilled. Mrs. d? Jurfe often dines with the “glorious adventurer” Count de Saint-Germain – a brilliant narrator, scientist, “excellent musician, excellent chemist, good-looking”. Together with the Marquise Casanova, Jean Jacques Rousseau visits; however,

Desiring to obtain a permanent income, Casanova, at the suggestion of a certain projector, opens the manufactory. But she brings him only losses: carried away by young workers, Casanova every three days takes a new girl, generously rewarding her predecessor. Having thrown off the unprofitable enterprise, Casanova leaves for Switzerland, where, as usual, alternates with the best minds of the era with love adventures. In Geneva, Casanova talks several times with the great Voltaire. Then his way lies in Marseilles. There he overtakes Mrs. d? Yurfa, eager to perform a magical rite of rebirth, which can only fulfill Casanova. And since this rite consists mainly in the fact that Casanova should make love with the aged Marquise, he, in order to adequately get out of the situation, takes a young beauty as an assistant. Having done a lot of work and accomplished the rite,

The journey continues. From London, where Casanova did not like, he went to the German principalities. In Wolfenbüttel he spends all the time in the library, in Braunschweig does not deny himself amorous pleasures, in Berlin he receives an audience with King Frederick. Then his way lies in Russia – through Riga to St. Petersburg. Everywhere Casanova with interest gets acquainted with unusual customs and customs. In St. Petersburg, he watches the baptism of babies in icy water, goes to the bath, visits the palace balls and even buys a serf girl who turned out to be extremely jealous. From the northern capital, Casanova goes to Moscow, for, according to him, “who did not see Moscow, did not see Russia.” In Moscow, he examines everything: “factories, churches, monuments, collections of rarities, libraries.” Returning to St. Petersburg, Casanova rotates at court, meets with Empress Catherine II, who finds the judgments of the Italian traveler very entertaining. Before leaving Russia, Casanova arranges a celebration with fireworks for her Russian friends. Casanova again attracts Paris, his path runs through Warsaw… and everything goes on – intrigues, scams, love adventures…

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“History of my life” Casanova in brief summary