Title: In Lucia's Eyes. In Lucia's Eyes makes Lucia a figure well worthy of a place in the Casanova mythology ) In Lucia's Eyes can be read as a sly riff on the kind of 18th century novel where a young innocent is forced to leave his or her home - in this case, the Italian country estate where Lucia was born - and proceeds to learn the ways of the wicked, wicked world ) In Lucia's Eyes has its flaws. Some of the characters Lucia runs into often speak in an interchangeable way.
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Following his hugely acclaimed debut, The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi ( Fascinatingly ambitious. Lucia works as a servant girl in Italy and is engaged to be married. But after the pox disfigures her face, she flees in shame without telling her lover.
Lucia works as a servant girl in Italy and is engaged to be married. Years later, as a reknowned Amsterdam courtesan who never goes out without her veil, Lucia is at the theater when she recognizes her long-lost fiancé, Giacomo Casanova; and she cannot resist the opportunity to encounter him again. Based on a woman who appeared briefly in Casanova’s legendary diaries, Lucia emerges as a brilliant woman who becomes every bit his match
But this book does not read like historical fiction. Possibly it is the translation from Dutch into English which rendered this into a snooty sudo intellectual novel on the nature of suffering. Maybe it is the translation which made all of the words in this book into things rarely seen in dictionaries. not "any mouth game we could make of it" or something weird like that. Read it and see for yourself.
Download Cover Image. His cunning narrative takes the reader on an entrancing journey from the canals of Amsterdam to those of Venice, painting a glorious portrait of the eighteenth century with all its contradictions of reason and instinct, wit and sensuality, head and heart. In Lucia’s Eyes is an elegant and moving story of love denied and transformed.
In his memoirs Casanova tells of being invited to the country estate of Pasiano as a sixteen-year-old and falling hopelessly in love with the breathtaking Lucia, two years his junior. She has only one splendid flaw: ‘She is too young. Because of Lucia’s genuine innocence he does not bed her, promising instead to return in six months to ask for her hand in marriage. When Casanova returns to the Italian manor, Lucia has disappeared, supposedly because she has become.
The book became a bestseller and is considered a classic of modern Dutch literature. His second book, De droom van de leeuw (2002), is a novelized version of his relationship with the Dutch actress and novelist Rosita Steenbeek in Rome, where Steenbeek became the last lover of the Italian director Federico Fellini. 2003: Een schitterend gebrek, novel, translated as In Lucia's Eyes. 2006: De klank van sneeuw, two stories. 2006: De grote wereld, Book Week Gift. 2007: De overgave, novel, winner of the 2008 NS Publieksprijs, translated as Someone Found.
Casanova described her in his autobiography as one of only two women he had wronged. He was 17 when they fell in love. When they met again, years later in an Amsterdam brothel, she was repulsively disfigured and he had no idea how she got there.