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Casanova's Return to Venice

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  292 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
ONE OF SCHNITZLER'S most poignant evocations of the passing of time and the ironies of sentiment and love, Casanova's Return to Venice tells the story of an ageing Casanova's desperate desire to return to the city he truly loves after a life of exile, a desire which is contrasted with his still libidinous, sensuous yet weary pursuit of women, money and prestige.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Pushkin Press (first published 1917)
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Tim Pendry

Written in 1918 and usually translated as 'Casanova's Homecoming' (a title which better captures the tone of the story), this novella by Arthur Schnitzler is written in prose that, as the useful translator's note at the end states, is 'immaculate, lucid and elegant'.

The story is a simple one - Casanova is late middle-aged, no longer at the peak of his powers and finds himself in Mantua drawn back to his Venice after an enforced absence of over two decades and prepared to do almost anything to re
Eddie Watkins
Sep 02, 2008 Eddie Watkins rated it liked it
Shelves: austrian-fiction
A bit of a letdown after Dream Story, though well plotted and structured and a very enjoyable period piece.

Casanova is fading and wants to return to Venice, but gets distracted on the way by his inveterate lusts. The object of his lust is an interesting character in the form of a beautiful young woman who claims chastity, being more turned on by mathematics than men. In Casanova's pursuit of her there's an interesting subtext (as I read it) of him being not only too old but out-dated as well as
Aug 06, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it
A lovely book. A meditation on the nature of being, on the subject of aging, on the question of identity. A celebrated man wants nothing more then to return home. Exhausted, in every sense of the word, he is sustained by his illusions but not deluded by them. While waiting for permission to return, he encounters an old acquaintance who invites him to stay at his House in the Country. What Schnitzler manages in this slender book, is a retelling of Casanova's life story, over the span of of 48 hou ...more
May 08, 2014 Lorenzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cosa succede al mito quando spuntano le rughe?

Giacomo Casanova è nel Pantheon dei più grandi seduttori di ogni epoca. se anche solo la metà di quanto scritto nelle memorie fosse vera, al confronto un certo George che vive nel Comasco sarebbe un'educanda. Un nome immortale, che evoca avventure - galanti e non- , fughe rocambolesche, intrighi; difficile invece associarlo a rughe, capelli bianchi, denti traballanti.

È il 1917 quando Schnitzler inizia la stesura de "Il ritorno di Casanova". Ha 53 an
Dec 27, 2013 Benja rated it really liked it
Another Schnitzler book I read while looking for Traumnovelle. I liked this better than La Ronde. Casanova as a pathetic old man looking to make a comeback is a great source for both humor and drama. On the nature of sexuality and its contrived relationship with the human psyche, Schnitzler was clearly ahead of his time.
Sep 16, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ageing, weary, his money gone, Casanova is travelling to Venice, to ask its overlords to forgive his past misadventures there, so that he can live out the rest of his days in “the city of his youth… enshrined in all the charms of memory”.

He is no longer handsome. “His power over his fellows, over women no less than over men, had vanished. Only where he evoked memories could his words, his voice, his glance, still conjure… His day was done!” But such self-admissions surge up against his narcissi
Czarny Pies
Apr 21, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Czarny by: Stefan Zweig
Shelves: german-lit
Schnitzler is clearly a very skilled writer. He very successfully recreates the tone of libertine era and specifically of Casanova's writing.
While I enjoyed Casanova's memoires in places I simply found Schnitzler's work to be morally repugnant. In this novel Casanova sleeps with a grandmother, her daughter and finally her thirteen year old granddaughter. All three appear to enjoy the experience.
Casanova faces two problems in this novel. The first is that after a life of wandering, he wishes to r
Stephen Durrant
Feb 28, 2010 Stephen Durrant rated it liked it
Few writers understood better than the Austrian Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) how easily desire becomes perversion and folly. Anyone who has seen Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut," which was based on Schnitzler's "Dream Story," knows something of Schnitzler's dark obsessions. In this work, "Casanova's Return to Venice," an aged Casanova is allowed to return to the city he fled from several decades earlier, in part to spy for reactionary forces he secretly despises. In the course of his return, he stays ...more
Sugar Pill
Dec 22, 2016 Sugar Pill rated it liked it
Jedna skroz u redu i skroz fiktivna novela o povratku Kazanove u Veneciju. Kroz priču se pojavljuje i dosta istinitih činjanica o Kazanovi.

Kompletna radnja obuhvata period od dva do tri dana, tokom kojih Kazanova boravi u kući prijatelja kojeg je slučajno sreo.

Ovo je priča o jednom starcu koji skuplja deliće slike svoje mladosti, u kojoj je bio zavodnik kojeg nijedna žena nije mogla da odbije
Jun 15, 2011 Bellarmin rated it really liked it
I wonder what Schnitzler would be able to do with this book had he experimented more with inner dialog, since when he does venture in those directions the book raises itself to a new level. My personal favourite occuring in the end when Schnitzler finishes Casanovas mental piruette regarding his mission in Venice, or when in bed, he is contemplating revealing himself in a moment of great infatuation with himself, a feeling later to be thoroughly crushed.
Feb 19, 2015 Joerg rated it really liked it
A great novel - fantastic dream sequence - a look a aging using historical fiction. At his best Schntzler paints with words.
Susan Lester
Jan 25, 2015 Susan Lester rated it it was amazing
A good novel a bit reminiscent of Lolita. Not as psychologically entertaining as Traumnovelle or La Ronde, but it examines a different aspect in a different way.
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Dash Williams
Oct 20, 2013 Dash Williams rated it liked it
Shelves: classic-fiction
*review to come later*
Catherine Corman
Jan 25, 2009 Catherine Corman rated it really liked it
"I am nothing. A beggar, and a liar into the bargain...What a poor thing I have become! Are you not sickened by me, Amalia?"

"I love you, Casanova!"

-Arthur Schnitzler, Casanova's Return to Venice
Aug 19, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing
The perfect combination of writer and subject matter. Arthur Schnitzler's powerful mediation on the aging Casanova as he returns to the city of his desire, Venice.
May 21, 2011 Sternchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, ich bin dann doch etwas voreingenommen, wenn es um Arthur Schnitzler geht.
Ich bewundere seine traumhafte Aufrichtigkeit des Schreibens.
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Arthur Schnitzler was an Austrian author and dramatist.

The son of a prominent Hungarian-Jewish laryngologist Johann Schnitzler and Luise Markbreiter (a daughter of the Viennese doctor Philipp Markbreiter), was born in Vienna in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and began studying medicine at the local university in 1879. He received his doctorate of medicine in 1885 and worked at the Vienna's General H
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