Casanova in Bolzano

I finished reading Sandor Marai’s Casanova in Bolzano; if you have read Embers (which, you should, if you haven’t already), there are certain things that are familiar — a rich and powerful man, his wife, and her lover; the lover is a coward since he ran away leaving the girl to the rich man; and so on. There are also the typical meditative and ruminative monologues of Marai, like the one which goes on page after page discussing a single line note that the girl wrote to her lover “I must see you”. If you like Marai and his writing style, here is a book that you would enjoy. If you haven’t read any Marai, I would still recommend that you read Embers first before reading this one.

PS: Here is the Complete Review on Casanova in Bolzano:

 B: more talk than action, decent character-study.

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2 Responses to “Casanova in Bolzano

  1. Jayan Says:

    Guru,

    Sandor Marai is a late discovery for the rest of the world. His style and the language is way above the rest of his contemporaries. I have read Embers before reading Casanova and yet to read ‘rebels’. As you said, everyone who likes fiction must read Embers, even if the skip Casanova ..

    Jayan

  2. Guru Says:

    Dear Jayan,

    I also came to know about Marai and Embers via David Davidhar (when he used to write a sort of book review section in the Hindu). A couple of us at IISc became great fans of Marai. I am also yet to read Rebels, and needless to say, looking forward to it.

    Guru

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