Europe’s greatest adventurer. Thrown into an escape-proof prison for a crime he probably committed. The question is, which crime?
In 1755, the infamous Giacomo Casanova was locked up without trial in Venice’s notorious Leads prison. Over 15 months he battled disease, madness, boredom, grotesque gaolers, bad books and fellow prisoners, before attempting the most audacious and typically flamboyant escape in history.
This is Casanova’s own account of the escape bid that made him a celebrity across Europe, full of his unique wit and philosophy, translated by Andrew K. Lawston into English in full for the first time.
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Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was an adventurer, writer, spy, doctor, lawyer, musician and entrepreneur who travelled widely across Europe from his native Venice, finally retiring to work as a librarian in Bohemia where he wrote the infamous memoirs which have perpetuated his legend as one of the most notorious seducers of women in history.
Andrew K. Lawston (1979- ) is a writer, actor, publishing professional and former teacher, academic and cinema manager who studied French at the universities of Bordeaux and Birmingham. He lives and works in SW London with his wife, their aloof black cat, and their unruly cocker spaniel puppy. When not writing short stories or translating 18th Century classics, Andrew cooks a great deal of curry, watches Doctor Who, appears in charity theatre productions, and enjoys moderately long walks.