Review by Dionysos Thriambos
I have been reading Casanova in fits and starts, one or two volumes at a go, since I received the set as a Yule gift in 2000. I'm determined to read the last volume before leaving for Europe, so that will have made it a reading project taking 3.66 years. But a mere start-to-finish reading will not be enough for this wonderful text.
Casanova's exploits as a Freemason, faux-Rosicrucian, alchemist and magical confidence-man all rest within a larger context, where the freethinker and libertine seems to have enjoyed a genuine conviction of the reality of his personal daimonic genius. Writing of his first hardships as a prisoner, Casanova reflects, "My Genius diverted himself in this fashion in order to give me the pleasure of making comparisons." The name of this Guardian Angel was
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