Casanova's Return to Venice

Casanova s Return to Venice 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 retur

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.

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  1. 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 Hospital, but ultimately abandoned medicine in favour of writing.His works were often controversial, both for their frank description of sexuality Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Schnitzler, confessed I have gained the impression that you have learned through intuition though actually as a result of sensitive introspection everything that I have had to unearth by laborious work on other persons 1 and for their strong stand against anti Semitism, represented by works such as his play Professor Bernhardi and the novel Der Weg ins Freie However, though Schnitzler was himself Jewish, Professor Bernhardi and Fr ulein Else are among the few clearly identified Jewish protagonists in his work.Schnitzler was branded as a pornographer after the release of his play Reigen, in which ten pairs of characters are shown before and after the sexual act, leading and ending with a prostitute The furore after this play was couched in the strongest anti semitic terms 2 his works would later be cited as Jewish filth by Adolf Hitler Reigen was made into a French language film in 1950 by the German born director Max Oph ls as La Ronde The film achieved considerable success in the English speaking world, with the result that Schnitzler s play is better known there under Oph ls French title.In the novella, Fr ulein Else 1924 , Schnitzler may be rebutting a contentious critique of the Jewish character by Otto Weininger 1903 by positioning the sexuality of the young female Jewish protagonist 3 The story, a first person stream of consciousness narrative by a young aristocratic woman, reveals a moral dilemma that ends in tragedy.In response to an interviewer who asked Schnitzler what he thought about the critical view that his works all seemed to treat the same subjects, he replied, I write of love and death What other subjects are there Despite his seriousness of purpose, Schnitzler frequently approaches the bedroom farce in his plays and had an affair with one of his actresses, Adele Sandrock Professor Bernhardi, a play about a Jewish doctor who turns away a Catholic priest in order to spare a patient the realization that she is on the point of death, is his only major dramatic work without a sexual theme.A member of the avant garde group Young Vienna Jung Wien , Schnitzler toyed with formal as well as social conventions With his 1900 short story Lieutenant Gustl, he was the first to write German fiction in stream of consciousness narration The story is an unflattering portrait of its protagonist and of the army s obsessive code of formal honour It caused Schnitzler to be stripped of his commission as a reserve officer in the medical corps something that should be seen against the rising tide of anti semitism of the time.He specialized in shorter works like novellas and one act plays And in his short stories like The Green Tie Die gr ne Krawatte he showed himself to be one of the early masters of microfiction However he also wrote two full length novels Der Weg ins Freie about a talented but not very motivated young composer, a brilliant description of a segment of pre World War I Viennese society and the artistically less satisfactory Therese.In addition to his plays and fiction, Schnitzler meticulously kept a diary from the age of 17 until two days before his death, of a brain hemorrhage in Vienna The manuscript, which runs to almost 8,000 pages, is most notable for Schnitzler s cas

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  1. Giacomo Casanova, gi grande seduttore, avventuriero, uomo d affari, diplomatico, scrittore e giocatore, ormai vecchio e dopo tante peregrinazioni si accinge a tornare nella sua Venezia Stimolato dalla giovane Marcolina, bella e intelligente ma poco sensibile al suo fascino in declino, deve ricorrere all inganno per averla andr che Eventualmente occorre leggere per sapere, ma si pu anche soprassedere il romanzo vecchio 1917 e, pure lui come Casanova, alquanto provato.

  2. 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 narcissism, creati [...]

  3. 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 return ho [...]

  4. Cosa succede al mito quando spuntano le rughe Giacomo Casanova nel Pantheon dei pi grandi seduttori di ogni epoca se anche solo la met 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 il 1917 quando Schnitzler inizia la stesura de Il ritorno di Casanova Ha 53 anni e l impero as [...]

  5. 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 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 the Age [...]

  6. 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 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 hours It is, [...]

  7. AS greift wieder nach dem ur architypischen sterreichischen Thema, dem Sexualit t, diesmal in Hinblick der Selbstt uschung eines alternden L stlings schrieb eine Menge und wir sehen hier wie er die Volumen vollbracht Obzwar sauber geschrieben, es haftet unverkennbar etwas schablonenhaft an dieser Novelle.Dies war meine zweite Erfahrung mit AS Ich denke nicht, es wird eine Dritte n tig sein.

  8. 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.

  9. Valeva una riletturaIncipit mozzafiato e il resto viene di conseguenza A cinquantat anni Casanova, da tempo non pi spinto a vagare per il mondo dal giovanile piacere dell avventura, ma dall inquietudine dell avanzante vecchiaia, fu preso da una cos intensa nostalgia per la sua citt natale, Venezia, che cominci a girarle intorno simile a un uccello che vien gi a morire calando da libere altezze in sempre pi strette volute.

  10. 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 retur [...]

  11. 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 with an ol [...]

  12. Jedna skroz u redu i skroz fiktivna novela o povratku Kazanove u Veneciju Kroz pri u se pojavljuje i dosta istinitih injanica o Kazanovi.Kompletna radnja obuhvata period od dva do tri dana, tokom kojih Kazanova boravi u ku i prijatelja kojeg je slu ajno sreo Ovo je pri a o jednom starcu koji skuplja deli e slike svoje mladosti, u kojoj je bio zavodnik kojeg nijedna ena nije mogla da odbije

  13. I wonder what Schnitzler would be able to do with this book had he experimented 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.

  14. A great novel fantastic dream sequence a look a aging using historical fiction At his best Schntzler paints with words.

  15. 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.

  16. It is the most lucid unveiling of a man, neither nor anti hero And the desperation of age Horrible, but good novella

  17. I am nothing A beggar, and a liar into the bargainWhat a poor thing I have become Are you not sickened by me, Amalia I love you, Casanova Arthur Schnitzler, Casanova s Return to Venice

  18. 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.

  19. Okay, ich bin dann doch etwas voreingenommen, wenn es um Arthur Schnitzler geht.Ich bewundere seine traumhafte Aufrichtigkeit des Schreibens.

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