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Casanova in Bolzano

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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 v ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by Vintage Books USA (first published 1940)
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Embers by Sándor MáraiJourney by Moonlight by Antal SzerbFatelessness by Imre KertészThe Paul Street Boys by Ferenc MolnárThe Door by Magda Szabó
20th Century Hungarian Literature
35th out of 131 books — 133 voters
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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
Sarah ~
Dec 08, 2015 Sarah ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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كازانوفا في بلزانو رواية لـ ساندور ماراي .

كازانوفا ، نعم جياكومو كازانوفا ذائع الصيت ، بعد هروبه من سجن البندقية يحط رحاله في بلدة بلزانو ، وهناك يعيش مغامرة جديدة ومن نوع مختلف ..
صداقة وخيانة وحب وخلاصة حكم الحياة و بـ أسلوب سرد عميق وذكي وساخر ؛ يأخذنا الكاتب لـ ماضي وحاضر كازانوفا واصفاً كلما عايشه ويعيشه.

ساندور ماراي ؛ قدم لنا هنا عملاً عاطفياً وفاتناً.
كانت هذه الرواية العمل الأكثر شاعرية الذي أقرؤه هذا العام .
Apr 29, 2013 Jonfaith rated it it was ok
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.
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
Jun 25, 2014 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Dec 04, 2013 فضيض rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Basma shalaby
Mar 16, 2016 Basma shalaby rated it liked it
~ جياكومو كازانوفا أشهر مغوي في التاريخ كما لم تعرفه وتقرأه من قبل
رؤية جديدة مختلفة مثيرة للإهتمام والتأمل
في قالب سردي ساخر عميق فلسفي مغلف بشاعرية منمقة حينا ومزعجة حينا آخر
رواية عن فلسفة الحب جميلة جدااا ومتعبة جداااا
وياله من خيال جامح فاتن ذاك الذي يملكه ساندرو ماراي
آخر فصول الرواية هي الأفضل بلا منازع

"يجب أن أراك" ويالها من رسالة :)
Oct 12, 2007 Charles rated it it was amazing
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...
Johann Guenther
MARAI, Sandor: „Die Gräfin von Parma“, München 2014
Nachdem ich bisher fast alles von Sandor Marai gelesen habe dachte ich bei diesem Buch „Das kann nicht von ihm sein“. Es kam mir wie eine Fälschung eines Verlags vor, der eben unter dem Namen so einen Roman herausgibt, der stilistisch nicht zu Marai passt. Er (?) beschreibt hier eine Geschichte, die vor seiner Zeit in einem Gebiet spielt, das nicht seines ist. Ein Mann aus Venedig, der wegen schlechter Lebensführung ins Gefängnis kommt und dem e
أحمد ناجي
May 27, 2013 أحمد ناجي rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"يجب أن أراك"
أقصر وأجمل رسالة قرآتها
Oct 26, 2015 Virginia rated it really liked it
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 reader's attention. We spend two weeks with Casanov
Dec 10, 2007 Lauren rated it liked it
"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
Greg Z
Dec 04, 2015 Greg Z rated it it was ok
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I thought this author's "Embers" was great novel. And "Casanova in Bolzano" is similar in plot: there are three characters involved in a romantic triangle. But that's where the similarities stop. Where "Embers" was tightly and beautifully written without a word wasted, "Casanova" feels at least twice too long. Perhaps if I had read "Casanova" first, it would have been a different experience. Anyway, I strongly recommend the stunning "Embers" in which Marai's gorgeous writing glows.
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
Ahmad Badghaish
رواية لطيفة، تدور حول (كازانوفا)، كاتب من البندقية، تبتدئ القصة بهروبه من السجن، وحول حياته بعد ذلك الهروب. وجدتها مزعجة بعض الأحيان في غوصها بالتفاصيل كثيرًا
May 13, 2016 Nayef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2015 Weaam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إن كازانوفا هرب من السجن هنا، ليقع في خيال ساندور ماراي! من منّا لا يحُب أن يسوقه خيال كاتب بهذا الجمال وهذهِ الحميميّة مع التفلسف والأدب؟
مونولجات طويلة بين الشخص ونفسِه، وبين البطل وأضدادِه، قد تكون متعبة في بعض الأحيان، لكنها مليئة بنقاط النّور
كازانوفا في شكل جديد هنا .. كازانوفا يحب ويكتُب ويهرب ويتفلسف
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.
Aug 11, 2011 Ludmirska rated it it was amazing
Even in translation the mastery of expressive language is... impressive!)) Sandor Marai is truly a remarkable writer.
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.
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
Nicki Markus
Mar 12, 2015 Nicki Markus rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-historical
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
رواية جميلة جدا .. بتتكلم عن الوطن بشكل مختلف ..
وعن قصة حب بين البطل والبطلة بس ظهر في اخر فصول الرواية
حسيت ان فرنشيسكا بالنسبة لجياكامو هي البندقية
هي حبيبته اللي ضايعة منه وبيحرموه منها
هي اللي حبسوه عشانها من غير سبب
فصول الرواية معظمها بيتكلم عن البطل وحبه للبندقية وكرهه لمساؤها الظاهرة لأي حد
والبطل كاتب رحالة بيحب استكشاف النفس البشرية, استكشاف النفس الأنثوية ان صح التعبير.. بيقع في حب فتاة
يقاتل عشانها حتى الموت .. لكن في نفس الوقت يخاف ان يقيد هذا الحب حرية استكشافاته
اللي شايف انه بعد مايخل
Aug 25, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
I read Embers by Marai in 2009 and I have wanted to read another book by him since then. Casanova, was just as good by the second half. The first half of the book was a bit slow, but the second half is amazing. I highly recommend reading Marai.

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,
Dec 10, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Amir Atef
Jun 29, 2014 Amir Atef rated it really liked it

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
May 12, 2012 Anh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 22, 2011 Ruben rated it it was amazing
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!!
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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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