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 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.
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…