Few readers of Laurence Bergreen’s new biography, “Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius,” will emerge from it wholly disapproving of this remarkable man. Casanova’s charm was evidently prodigious; he could win over old popes as well as young girls. His saving graces included limitless curiosity, resilience and joie de vivre, as he bounced shamelessly from one misadventure to the next.
Laurence Bergreen’s new biography, Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius, is sexy, surprising, funny, insightful, and wildly entertaining.
Bergreen applies his historical storytelling skills to the famous Venetian lover, introducing his intellectual side. The author neatly captures Casanova’s voice, “often amused, but rarely mocking, conversational yet highly literary, and simultaneously vulgar and brilliant.” Casanova’s adventures include plenty of juicy details, and Bergreen weaves in just enough to prove his reputation. His travels during one of history’s most exciting periods will be great fun for any history lover.
Bergreen gives us a brilliant Baedeker of Europe, Venice in particular, in the eighteenth-century. Visitors to Venice will recognize some of the geography in this vivid bio of a self-destructive genius.
If you’re worried that Laurence Bergreen’s “Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius,” about the notorious 18th-century libertine, might be one of those biographies that’s well-researched but a bit dull, fear no more.
A figure straight out of a Henry Fielding novel: erotic, brilliant, impulsive, and desperate for recognition, Casanova was a self-destructive genius. This witty, roisterous biography exposes his astonishing life in rich, intimate detail. At the same time, it is a dazzling portrait of eighteenth-century Europe from serving girls to kings and courtiers. Esteemed biographer Laurence Bergreen brings a sensual world vividly alive in this irresistible book.
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