Casanova's Return to Venice – Schnitzler

I read this novella, Casanova’s Return to Venice by Arthur Schnitzler (1918), just about straight through in one sitting. The story is about Casanova, now about 50 (presumably this is set in 1774), after many years of intrigue and sexual power wanting to return to his home city of Venice (he had been exiled for years). But before he gets there he meets an old acquaintance whom he had helped years before, and he reluctantly accepts the invitation to go to the man’s home. There he finds an enchanting, brilliant young woman who he desires greatly but she has little interest in the older man. This does not stop Casanova, of course.

I thought this work was very well done, probably best appreciated by those getting a little further on in years, and it seemed very contemporary (I often find it hard to relate to books written before WWII). I am eager to read more of Schnitzler.

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  • By Mediated » Blog Archive » 2005 in Review on December 25, 2005 at 6:06 pm

    […] On the fiction front, I delved into some of the work by Arthur Schnitzler (Viennese, died in 1930 or so). I particularly liked a novella called Casanova’s Return to Venice (1918). More recently, I thought John LeCarre’s last one, called Absolute Friends (2003), was quite good (I hadn’t read anything of his for many years, and this seemed much better than what I remembered). One more – The Hearing Trumpet (1974) by Leonora Carrington (1974), a surreal tale of a bunch of old ladies by the painter who lived in Mexico. […]

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