Abstract (En): This paper tries to outline the multiple plans and significances of simulation/dissimulation in Giacomo Casanova’s Histoire de ma vie. Focusing on themes such as time perception and representation, the dialectic of dream and reality, the self-consciousness of the lying author and its earnest attitude and Casanova’s political judgments, the “content of reality” and the revealing value of this bizarre autobiography emerge, even if concealed under the richness of implausible or plainly false accounts. Playing with elegance and irony the multiple instruments of the interplay between true and false, Casanova’s autobiography stands as a forceful example of an experimental literary genre in which autobiography and novel share the same techniques and style: instead of a dialogue between the fictional and non-fictional plan, the Histoire de ma vie proposes the possibility of re-evaluating the fictional contents as the only possible faithful and tentatively “objective” narrative, while the lived reality is too often unable to represent itself out of the dissimulations of the subjectivity.
I paradossi di un mentitore. Giacomo Casanova tra verità e simulazione / Varini, D. - In: ÉCHO DES ÉTUDES ROMANES. - ISSN 1804-8358. - Vol. XIII / Num. 2 (volume thématique):(2017), pp. 273-285.