Casanova's Return to Venice

Casanova's Return to Venice

By Arthur Schnitzler

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The greatest of all lovers comes back to his greatest love.

"His yearning for Venice, the city of his birth, grew so intense that, like a wounded bird slowly circling downwards in its death flight, he began to move in ever-narrowing circles." 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 and sensuous – yet weary – pursuit of women, money and prestige.

Translated by Ilsa Barea
Cover illustration by Joohee Yoon
192 pp
Published 07 March 2013
ISBN 9781908968869
Pushkin Collection