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Saturday, 20th February 2010

Casanova's Memoirs Going to French National Library (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Note: This version of the article includes a slideshow with several images of the manuscript.

From the Article:

The manuscript given to France's national library Thursday begins simply, yet seductively: "The story of Jacques Casanova ... written by himself."

"Himself" is the 18th century lothario, spy, writer and adventurer whose name has become an international synonym for lover. And the original, euro7 million ($9.5 million) manuscript contains Casanova's memoirs, a work that shocked publishers two centuries ago, was spirited away from the Nazis on a bicycle during World War II, and is soon to go on public view for the first time on Paris' Left Bank.

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French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand said it "contains an essential part of our history." The manuscript will go on public display at the French National Library in Paris next year, and a digital copy of the work will be available on the library's nascent online book site, Gallica.

See Also: The Official News Release (Translated from French Using Google Translate)

See Also: Bibliothèque nationale de France (French National Library)

See Also: French National Library (English Language Web Site)

Source: AP (via Washington Post)


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