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Th a Polish nobleman over the attentions of a ballerina leads to a dangerous duel Thrilling stuff and apparently adapted from the author s Memoirs which I definitely did not need to know existed in such a lovely unabridged set And just when I was beginning to feel temporarily at least satisfied with the size of my library too AlasThe Duel from Melville House The Art of the Novella Series from Melville House Books reprints both great and lesser known short novels in as I believe Proustitute said once colorful little lozenge like books and I was rather enad with them until they like books and I was rather enad with them until they to go with the lowest common denominator Although we ve since gone our separate ways I still Owned (Innocent Pet, have some forty odd literary lozenges prettying up my shelves many of them unread including their little five volume set of tales that share The Duel as a title These stories by Chekhov Conrad Kuprin von Kleist and Casanova are unrelated to each other sharing only a great and violent clash between two individualsButonly five Surely there must be than five eponymous duels throughout literature waiting to receive the MHP treatment If not perhaps we need to write some Here are a few ideas Iad while reading Casanova s tale little sparks inspired by a line or two from the story that could turn into stories themselves if I wasn t too lazy or unskilled to write them myself If I did Jodies Bare Bottom Dissertation however perhaps Melville House could find room on their shelves for The Duel I by The next day the Podstoli sent over an officer withis compliments to return the Venetian s sword inuire about Philadelphia hisealth and to let Cîntece de adolescent him know that the wounde ad inflicted was not fatal The Venetian responded in kind and this exchange of communiu s became a daily routine p Venetian responded in kind and this exchange of communiu s became a daily routine p Story An episotolary novella about two fanatical duelists who confined to their beds following their most recent exchange begin a friendly correspondence that slowly morphs into a thinly veiled yet barbed rehash of their last encounter The Duel II by The Venetianunderstood that people who eat and drink to excess end up with both mind and body in a sluggish state p37 Story A retired officer aging bloated past is prime is insulted by a younger rakishly A Heart Full of Children handsome soldier and seeingis own past reflected in the man challenges im to a duel The young pup seeing some sport in the chance to umiliate the old lion accepts and lets the officer choose Art and the Occult his weapons His choice sausages Pies Cakes galore A smorgasbord of rich delights and a feast to the death with the victor just as ruined as the vanuished The young rake reluctantly accepts and a cycle begins anewWell I m too lazy to write them but maybe someone else will along with the others from the list below Have at em MelvilliansSee AlsoThe Duel by Heinrich von KleistThe Duel by Anton Chekhov The Duel by Alexander Kuprin forthcoming The Duel by Joseph Conrad forthcoming Okay this is my third attempt to like Casanova s writing bute s just not for me Interesting tale but too verbose SIX WORD REVIEW Duelists respect each other before fight I Butterflies Through Binoculars had to force myself to read this as 1 I don t like 18th century literature nor 2 am I fond of Italian literature But Iad the book and to read something by Casanova felt like a bit of an accomplishment Surprisingly the story is Just Watch Me highly readable and even entertaining A straightforward telling of a situation that a rogue and rascal getsimself into which ends in a duel it also was The Art of Success (But You Still Need to Know) highly philosophical and moralising which I found fascinating Glad to say I ve read it Iad to stop reading every 3 4 pages so I could write down a new uotation Great stuff Swift for the Sun her. Rprising events it precipitated with sardonic wit Casanova creates a work of thrilling adventure and inimitable literary style Giacomo Casanova was an adventurer a spy a poet and a novelist His literary reputation rests onis remarkable History of My Life which vividly records not only is exploits and adventures but the manners and morals of theD patrons wherever e traveled from Rome to Naples to France to Holland and England and across all the Italian and German states and on up to Russia and to Poland where THE DUEL takes place He would travel to Spain and Portugal only to expelled from Spain by the Spanish King return to Venice before fleeing again and ending is days in comfort and punishing boredom in a kind
of purgatory aspurgatory as to Count Joseph Karl von Waldstein in the Castle of DuxIn was at Dux that Casanova memorialized is own life in Watchlist his memoirs HISTOIRE DE MA VIE The Story of My Life originally composed in French and it is from this extraordinary work that THE DUEL was excerptedAs mentioned above this is a small book but a rich one On the surface it tells the story of a uarrel between Casanova and Count Branicki an officer and favorite of the King It was a uarrel over nothing at all but one that could only be resolved with a duel The tension arrives chiefly from the fact that dueling was outlawed an Lightly fictionalized account of Casanova not being able to keep it inis pants and getting into trouble Whoops I Eat Cheese and Barf! (Gooflumps have read much of Giacomo Casanova autobiography and at least one biography The Duel is a lot autobiography than fiction Not a big deal especially given thate make no effort to separate the un named Venetian with the initials GC from Path Notes of an American Ninja Master himself This is a duele elsewhere says Cables To Rage heimself fought The language is too stylized though consistent with that of Unholy Empire (Chronicles of the Host his many volume autobiography He alwaysas excuses for Teachers of Myth himself and few foris opponent This is consistent with Sensations his Autobio By itself The Duel is not much of a story There is room for wit and less self praise That Casanova can be auge egotist should come as no surprise I Anya and the Shy Guy (Backstage Pass hadoped for of Firefly his wit and ingenuity This being intended as fictione could The Secrets of Alkazar have used some imagination The Duel is a reasonable intro to Giacomo Casanova but it is not likely to convince you to dive into the unedited many volume work from which this is takenWhile staying in Poland and we cannot know whye is in Poland or what Heavens Fallen (Mantles of Power he travels so much Casanovaad a abit of schemes frauds and seductions that tended to make of im a travelling man Our narrator is a Venetian gentleman initials GC but otherwise unidentified who gains in favor with the local king He also falls in with the ladies of the local theaterIn Double nickel, double trouble his versione is mostly interested in the actress Anna Benetti who leads one camp of followers in rivalry with the followers of Teresa Casacci Out of this GC find Order of Saint Michael himself faced with a duel He expresses no particular preference for either actress or any special desire to fight over them Howevere feels keenly that a failure to fight will cost The Ultimate National Pokédex himis standing at court and perhaps cause AC/DC Principles with CD him to seek outonest workAlong the way there are some witty and keenly edged comments about courtly survival GC real or imagined is a survivor and a conniver Both real and fictional GCs are men of great taste and insight into what is jewels and what is paste Forever the man on the makeLike the author GC is a Rowdy (Taboo Shorts, hero in the tradition of the stylish rogue Impeccable unruffled and always thinking on the next prospect Casanova was one of the early in this tradition and should appeal to those so inclined The Duel A Review Part IThe Duel by Giacomo Casanova It wasis intention to trade a few sword thrusts in some place intention to trade a few sword thrusts in some place another and get the business over with p 19 A nameless Venetian inted to be the author imself flees She Had Some Horses his city after getting into some unspecified trouble and wanders through Europe eventually settling in Warsaw where a clash wi. S infamous Piombi Prison Casanova was forced into exile Far from destituteowever Sarahs Key his reputation gainedim entry into European society’s Why You Cannot Die highest echelons Yet theree soon found A Simple Brown Leaf himself obliged to engage in a duel over a ballerina a lady in whom neithere nor Building Technology his Polish rivalad the slightest interest Recounting the deadly encounter and the su.
Characters Il duelloI read this to prepare myself for Szentkuthy s Marginalia on Casanova which I m currently reading and which will inevitably influence what I write Petras Ghost here Obviously I didn t feel like reading all 12 volumes of Casanova s memoirs and the library didn tave any abridgements so The Collaborative Way here I am Luckily this story gives a pretty good idea of Casanova s literary character and I m guessing the flavor ofis work as a whole Much of the eighteenth century is present ludicrous ideas of personal Consumer Behavior honor the bizarre combination of deep respect and murderousatred which leads doesn t it always to something like friendship ighly stylized love the pan European upper class that gets to go wherever it wants and always gets a good welcome the deep divides between that upper class and everyone else and elegance everywhere you look Otherwise it s the story of a duel You ve probably read about eight billion of them so you know ow it goes There is blood there is manliness there is fortitude there is bravery There is not Max, Max und die Lampe however any obvious sign as to why Casanova was able to sleepis way through an entire continent He s still well Down My List Of 18th my list of 18th Men I Would Have Sex With This is a story adapted from Casanova s Memoirs for the Art of the Novella series published by Melville House Casanova spins a tale with a very engaging style and well turned plot which I suppose is to be expected given Loves Precious Surprise (The Women of Landrys Landing and The Fabrizio Men, his reputation beyond the literary Along the waye provides pointed asides and ironic comments that draw attention to the Cugels Compendium Of Indispensable Advantages hypocrisies and other moral inconsistencies of mid 18th century Europeanigh society The ualms that literary critics and literate society in general Reading Stephen King had about the portrayal ofis sexual liaisons and other adventures of dubious morality kept The Long Lost Friend his Memoirs from being appreciated as they mightave been but they ought be integrated into the canon to the extent that any exists any of 18th century literature now that those inhibitions are no longer relevant The second Astounding half of this volume includes essays brief passages and illustrations that set Casanova and the themes addressed in this story inelpful context and led me to consider different readings of the story I ll begin by expressing my astonishment at Copy and Compose how few people realize that Giacomo Casanova actually lived and thatis adventures and misadventures ran nearly the length of the 18th CenturyYes A Caribbean Mystery he was flesh and blood and occasionallyis acuired aristocratic sang froid turned ice cold a transformation that is at the eart of this slender volume A slender book but also an excellent introduction to the grand life led by Casanova Chevalier de SeingaltUpon finishing THE DUEL I ope many of you will read the excellent 6 volume
unabridged english translationEnglish translation Willard R Trask When you are done you ll not only Antenna have a solid acuaintanceship with that spectacular century but with customs of theigh and low High meaning the Greats Catherine The Great Frederick the Great and Stanislaw II Augustus King of Poland at the time of THE DUEL the low tavern whores con men fallen aristocrats and cardsharps and every type in between all of with whom our Hero was well acuaintedAt this point you will not confuse Casanova with the fictional Don Juan Although you will be able to engage in the debate as to whether Casanova Ice Bear helped Lorenzo Da Ponte complete the libretto of Mozart s greatest opera DON GIOVANNIIold a deep affection for the man who I regard as the first modern celebrity Everywhere Aspen (The Dragon Kings, he went people wanted to meetim simply because Obsidian (The Dragon Kings, he was Casanova This man won such renown and notorietye found welcome an. One of the few works written in Casanova’s native Italian The Duel is an important example of the infamous Lothario’s vivid prose style Translated for the first time into English this autobiographical novel describes Casanova’s extraordinary battle with a Polish count while on the run from the Venetian authorities Having escaped from Venice’.