Giacomo Casanova

Giacomo Casanova famous people of Venice


Giacomo Casanova was born in 1725 in Venice, son of Gaetano Casanova, a poor actor and Zanetta Farusso. Casanova was sure that his father wasn't Gaetano but the noble Michele Grimaldi. When he confessed this secret, he was exiled from Venice. During those years he travelled all around Europe.

When he arrived in Dux (Czechoslovakia) he started to work as reference librarian for the Count of Waldstein. There, he wrote his masterpiece "Storia della mia vita" (History of my life), which was published only after his death (1798). This work tells the story of the most important events of Casanova's life from his fashionable life in Venice to his long period of exile in Europe.

The most interesting part of his tale is his getaway from the prisons of Venice, in "Storia della mia fuga dai Piombi". It's a work full of surprises and cliff–hangers, written with an increasing rhythm. Casanova is especially known for his overwhelming talent for seducing women with charm, threats, guile, intimidation and aggression, leaving behind children and debts:

  • Manon Balletti, the daughter of two actors, was seventeen years old when she fell in love with Casanova for seven years. She wrote several letters to the young bachelor in which she declared her passion for him;
  • Ester was the granddaughter of a rich merchant from Amsterdam. She gave herself to Casanova only after she got married.
  • Henriette was loved sincerely by Casanova and she was maybe the most important woman in his life; in spite of this, she finally decided to stop their relationship, leaving him only with parting words written on paper.
  • D'Urféy had an obsession for the obscure: she wanted to become a man and thought it was possible to achieve this, by swapping souls with a newly born male baby. Casanova used her crazy conviction to get what he wanted.

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