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Casanova in Bolzano

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  621 ratings  ·  92 reviews
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 vis ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published November 9th 2004 by Knopf (first published 1940)
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Chrissie
I chose Casanova in Bolzano simply because I had heard great things about the author, Sándor Márai, and this was the only one of the author’s books I could get as an audiobook. To top it off, the narrator is the well-known Simon Prebble, so what could I lose? Let me say right off that the narration was good, even if I could not hear from the intonation which character was speaking.

There are never-ending monologues. I have warned you. What is a bit strange is that there are extremely few convers
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Jonfaith
Two years ago I was hunting a complete Memoirs of Casanova while in a Powell’s in Chicago. I asked the associate if there were any in stock. He pointed me to a Classics section where a Penguin single volume abridgement sat, lacking any immediate street cred. I asked if there weren’t any complete sets elsewhere in the store. You don’t need the set, the man snapped, all the good stuff is in there.

I was likewise looking for good stuff as I finished this novel this evening. My verdict: not so good.
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Roberto
“Sai che nella realtà non esiste il “tutto o niente”, esiste soltanto una via di mezzo fra il “tutto” e il “niente”, il “qualcosa”, che però a volte può significare moltissimo.”

Marai è bravissimo a rappresentare personaggi. Li presenta in un modo e poi lentamente li analizza profondamente fino a mostrarci ogni risvolto psicologico, ogni sfumatura.
Questa analisi normalmente avviene tramite lunghi monologhi, che sono poi il cuore dei suoi romanzi. Anche “La recita di Bolzano” non fa eccezione. Il
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Silver
At first I found it difficult to get into this novel. The steam of conscious style of the narrative made it somewhat hard to follow at the start, but soon I adapted to the rhythm of the book and after that I truly loved it and appreciated the beauty of the writing. I found it to be an engaging story full of depth, meaning and truth.

I do not know a great deal about Casanova beyond his notorious reputation as the great womanizer and seducer, but Marai provides a much more human portrayal of Casan
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فضيض

إنه عبقري!، بالتأكيد أقصد بذلك الأصابع المترفة وبودرة الأرز، ولمسات الحلاق جيسيبي والقمصان ذات الكشكشة والمعطف الأرجواني ، والخنجر، والسيف الذهبي، والجوارب البيضاء الطويلة، والقناع الحريري!، وبالتأكيد القناع!، القناع!، وهذه اللغة المنمقة، وهذا التنبيه الذي ساقه المؤلف قبل افتتاح روايته قائلا إنَّ كازانوفا في تلك الرواية التي بين يدك لا يمت لهذه الشخصية الحقيقية بتصرفاتها (المشينة!) بأدنى صلة وأنه لم يأخذ من حياته (سيئة السمعة!) سوى اسمه وسوى تفصيلة واحدة تخص وقائع هروبه من سجنه، وما عدا ذلك "فكل
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Charles
An extraordinary study of the multi-faceted nature of love, desire, possession, humiliation, just about everything that can unite, or not, two people. I loved it, and preferred it to Embers, which I also liked very much but found its teasingly delayed denouements slightly ponderous...
Hani
http://www.abjjad.com/review/1981972491

لعبت الصدفة دورها في معرفة أحد عناوينها الإلكترونية, فراسلتها شاكراً لها مجهودها الطيب في ترجمة رواية "الظلال المحترقة" بتلك الروعة و الإحتراف, فما كان منها إلا أن قابلت الثناء بثناء, و نوّهتْ مشكورة إلى وجود روايتين جديدتين -من ترجمتها- سيصدران قريبا في معرض القاهرة الدولي للكتاب. جاء المعرض, و كنت هناك في دار التنوير (ناشر الرواية) أبحث عن إحدى العناوين, فوجدت اسمها (أي المترجمة) واضحاً على غلاف إحدى الروايات -على خلاف العادة, فتذكرتُ ما كان من أمر التنوي
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Lauren
"Casanova in Bolzano" lacks the economy of language that I really admire in Marai's other works. There were sections where I just wanted to say, "COME ON. We got it." Long monologues by old men, caught up in arguments about love, sex, seduction, loss, death... Let's move on. How 'bout a smidge more character development or plot? I want to be invested in characters when I have to listen to a really long monologue. Particularly when that monologue really doesn't say much about the character. Someo ...more
ياسمين ثابت


كانت عينيا بتمر على اغلفة الكتب
لحد ما لمحت الغلاف الانيق الغير عادي ده

طبعا كالعادة الغلاف من تصميم المبدع كريم ادم

قولت والله لاشتريها حتى لو طلعت اي كلام على الاقل اكون احتفظت بالقطعة الفنية اللي هو الغلاف

الرواية عن كازانوفا
يمكن بمفهوم مختلف عن اللي كنت متوقعاه

اول فصلين في الرواية واخر تلات فصول هما الافضل
بقية الرواية كانت مملة للغاية

الاسلوب الى حد ما معقول....في بعض الاجزاء كانت فلسفية قمة في الرقي والابداع
وفي حتت كانت ضعيفة جدا
القصة كانت فيها فكرة غريبة وجديدة
خصوصا الجزء الاخير لما الزوج حيوص
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Nayef
كل شي في هذا الكتاب فخم ... اللغة ، الاسلوب ، السرد ، الاحداث ، التفاصيل ، الشخصيات .. واكثر الفصول دهشة وتأثيراً علي هو فصل ( استشارات) هذا الفصل لوحده كتاب آخر ... اعجبت بساندور ماراي واتمنى ترجمة روايته الثانية جمرات للعربية قريبا ، كما لا انسى ان اشيد بترجمة ايمان حرز الله احسست معها بأني اقرأ الرواية بلغتها الام ، شكرا لهذا المجهود والابداع
حاتم عاشور
جياكومو كازانوفا .. ينطلق وصيته يسبقه .. في رواية تنطق بفلسفة الحب .. وصراع الحب الأبدي مع التنقل بين الأيذي الشهوانية المختلفة .. وندية الأمل في الالتزام لشخص واحد أو استمرار الحياة الملونة .. ما بين أكاذيب ومهارة شكلية كقناع .. الحب أعمق مما يكون .. هنا يكون.
Ludmirska
Even in translation the mastery of expressive language is... impressive!)) Sandor Marai is truly a remarkable writer.
أحمد ناجي
"يجب أن أراك"
أقصر وأجمل رسالة قرآتها
Ricardo Serra
Este livro era acima de tudo um tira teimas. "As velas ardem até ao fim" foi das melhores obras que li até hoje, um livro que me marcou fortemente tanto pelo seu extraordinário conteudo como pela maneira brilhante como foi escrito. Não conhecia Sandór Márai e fiquei deveras impressionado com o seu brilhantismo literário. Mais tarde li "A ilha" de Askenasi, que se revelou uma grande decepção. Dai talvez a curiosidade com que me tenha debruçado sobre "A conversa de Bolzano".. Será de facto Sandór ...more
ماهرعبد الرحمن
ملحوظة من المؤلف
قد يتعرف القارئ فى ملامح وسلوك بطلى على شخصية الرحالة الشهير سيئ السمعة، المدعو جياكومو كازانوفا الذى عاش فى القرن الثامن عشر.. عذرى هنا أن ما يثير اهتمامى فى حياة بطلنا ليس مغامراته الرومانسية بقدر ما هو شخصه الرومانسى.
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انتشرت الأخبار سريعا وهم نائمون: لقد وصل، لقد هرب من الليدز..كانت الأخبار تثلج صدر من يسمعها فيسأل:" وماذا كانت جريمته مع ذلك؟"،"كان يقامر، بحق السماء، لعله لم يكن شريفا تماما، وبالطبع كانت له موائده فى حانات وضيعة، وكان يلعب مع المقامرين المحترفين وهو يرتد
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Virginia
I've been reading some debate recently about disappointing endings and whether a satisfying end to a story is critical to your enjoyment as reader, and the author's success as writer. This book is, for me, an example of how a wonderful conclusion can transform a piece from average to great.

For a book in which not a lot goes on and one principle character delivers endless pages of internal monologue, it's absolutely remarkable that it holds the readers attention. We spend two weeks with Casanova
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Nicki Markus
I have previously read two of Marai's other books in English and loved them, so I was keen to get my hands on this one.

In general, I really enjoyed it. I have a full set of Casanova's memories, which I enjoyed reading a few years ago and it is wonderful to have him brought to life on the page again. This was a story full of wit, exuberance and the larger than life character of the man himself. I particularly loved the somewhat unexpected final chapters as they added a nice twist just when you t
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Michael
What a mastery of words and subtle meanings! What a buildup of the tension, while there is hardly any action taking place! What a masterpiece!

I've read "Embers" too, which has a similar structure, but found "Casanova" superior. Perhaps because I've read in full (between the first and second reading of Mara's Casanova) the complete autobiography of Casanova, as Marai must have as well, and thus I could appreciate how Marai had to respect the historical facts as well as the real Casanovas persona
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António Ganhão
Não é pelo lado de aventureiro, pela fama de sedutor implacável, de perturbador de alcovas alheias que Sándor Márai nos oferece esta versão de Giacomo Casanova. Tal como nos adverte na nota prévia: não foi a vida mas o carácter romanesco do herói a interessar-me.

A escrita de Sándor Márai, banhada pela luz de ouro da idade madura, é de um irrepreensível deleite. São extensos monólogos, porque nada existe mais desinteressante do que uma conversa. Um jogo de cartas honesto e viciado ao mesmo tempo,
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Pat
Giacomo il seduttore, Giacomo il mito, Giacomo il sogno. Giacomo “l’uomo”. Perché è questa la definizione che usa la bella Lucia - dopo aver spiato dal buco della serratura. Guarda, arrossisce, sobbalza, soffoca un grido e fa il segno della croce. Le altre donne le si fanno attorno, chiedono a fior di labbra “cosa hai visto?”. Lei risponde, turbata: “Un uomo”. Dopo di che, una a una, si chinano, sbirciano dentro la stanza, provando una gioia indicibile.
Giacomo è fuggito dai Piombi di Venezia. Im
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Amir Atef

رواية رائعة جداً و مثيرة وحكيمة عن اشهر مُغوي فاسد في العالم، والمواجهة التي غيرته إلى الأبد. هرب جياكومو كازانوفا عام 1756 من سجن في البندقية يقال أنه لا سبيل إلى الهروب منه.

وعاود الظهور مرة أخرى في قرية إيطالية صغيرة تسمى بولزانو، حيث استقبل زائراً غير مرغوب فيه، إنه دوق بارما العجوز لكنه ما يزال مرعبا. هزم كازانوفا منذ سنوات في مبارزة على فتاة فاتنة تسمى فرانشيسكا، ولم يقتله بشرط ألا يراها مرة أخرى أبدا.

الأحداث ترتيبها وتصاعدها مزهل، وأعجبني الساسبينس قبل النهاية، واللغة أكثر من رائعة
Anh
Sigh. Don't know why I picked it up in the first place.

The monologues are long-winded. TL;DR. Especially after the visit from The Duke of Parma. I counted the pages instead. Once the old man rambled on and on for 10 pages non-stop.

P.S.: bản dịch có rất nhiều vấn đề :| Duke mà dịch là Bá tước, chưa kể những lỗi chính tả ở phần chú thích. Mà nói chung là dịch rất dở. Cũng có thể là nguyên tác cũng dở sẵn rồi.
Ruben
Sometimes you find a book with such a character that you wish it were you. For me this is one of those books, I loved how Marai created this person, even when Cassanova is not your tipical good guy, well his more of a bad dude, you kind of forgive that fact. The writting is rather dense, as your average Marai book, but the effort is well worth it, to explore this particular Cassanova. Give it a try!!
Ana Carvalheira
“Tenho de te ver”.

Com apenas quatro palavras, Francesca, Condessa de Parma escreve uma carta, um texto de uma eloquência profunda dirigida ao objecto da sua paixão, Giacomo Casanova (oui, lui-même).
O que está encerrado nesta frase, quais os dramas, as paixões, os silêncios, os sonhos, as fatalidades, as perspectivas, as virtudes, as angústias, as desilusões, as propostas de união e felicidade nela contidas?

Mais uma vez, Sándor Marai aborda superlativamente as histórias fracturantes de amores i
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محمود حسني


أكملتها على مضض ... لا أريد أن أتحدث عنها ..

أعطيت نجمة من أجل ترجمة إيمان حرزالله الجميلة كعادتها

ونجمة أخرى لبعض الأفكار المؤثرة والعميقة التي خرجت على لسان كازانوفا في بعض المحادثات

أما هذا الإسهاب الذي يذكرني بإسهاب نجيب محفوظ فلا أحبه ولا أتحمله ..
David
I read it this summer when I was desperate for something to read in Turkey and it was the only English language book in the shop. Loved it! Full of moving quotes on life and love. Life-affirming.
M. Sarki
I liked it, nothing great, but an entertaining read in parts. Nothing much I want to say about it either.
Megan Piotrowski
A beautiful, literary rendition of love, human nature and the acceptance of such complex, humanly feelings.
Hendrik Dejonckheere
Dit is een boek geschreven in de stijl van "Gloed" volgens mij het sterkste werk van Marai. Dit is een zeer lezenswaardig boek waarin weer twee karakters tegenover elkaar komen te staan. Voor beide gaat het om de liefde van de gravin van Parma. Marai legt meedogenloos het verschil tussen liefde en het najagen van de eigen definitie van Liefde bloot.
Het boek heeft prachtige beschrijvingen van beleving van tijd. Maar vooral de beschouwingen over het onvermogen jezelf of een ander volledig te begri
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Vicky Marin
the best book I've ever read
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Sándor Márai (originally Sándor Károly Henrik Grosschmied de Mára) was a Hungarian writer and journalist.
He was born in the city of Kassa in Austria-Hungary (now Košice in Slovakia) to an old family of Saxon origin who had mixed with magyars through the centuries. Through his father he was a relative of the Ország-family. In his early years, Márai travelled to and lived in Frankfurt, Berlin, and P
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