By Mikl S. Szentkuthy
Marginalia on Casanova, the 1st quantity of the St. Orpheus Breviary, is Miklos Szentkuthy's synthesis of 2,000 years of ecu tradition. St. Orpheus is Szentkuthy's Virgil, an omniscient, poet who publications us no longer via hell, yet via all of recorded historical past, delusion, faith, and literature, albeit reimagined as St. Orpheus metamorphosizes himself into kings, popes, saints, tyrants, and artists. without delay pagan and Christian, Greek and Hebrew, Asian and eu, St. Orpheus is a mosaic of historical past and mankind in a single supra-person and veil, an unending sequence of mask and personae, humanity in its protean, futural form, an continually altering functionality of discourse, textual content, fantasy, & mentalite. via St. Orpheus' procedure, disparate moments of background turn into synchronic, are juggled to bare, mockingly, their mutual distinction and crucial similarity. "Orpheus wandering within the infernal regions," says Szentkuthy, "is the perennial image of the brain misplaced amid the enigmas of truth. the purpose of the paintings is, at the one hand, to symbolize the truth of background with the maximum attainable precision, and at the different, to teach, during the mutations of the eu spirit, all of the uncertainties of contemplative guy, the transiency of feelings and the sterility of philosophical systems." Marginalia on Casanova relives the despiritualization of the most protagonist's sensual adventures, although it really is much less his intercourse lifestyles & extra his highbrow project, the only real determinant of his being, that is the focal point of this mesmeric booklet. via his personal glittering institutions and greatly spanning array of metaphors, Szentkuthy analyses and perspectives the 18th century and its suggestion of homogeneity from the vantage element of the twentieth century, with the total armor of somebody who used to be, possibly, one of many final Hungarian Europeans. whereas a observation on Casanova's memoirs, it's also Szentkuthy's personal philosophy of affection. ardour, playfulness, irony, and a complete gamut of protean metamorphoses are what symbolize Marginalia on Casanova, a piece during which readers will event either profundity and a taking to wing of essay-writing that's intellectually radiant and that's as sensual and provocative as a gondola trip with Casanova.