In the Hand of Dante

In the Hand of Dante

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
The discovery of an original manuscript of Dante's "Inferno" in the Vatican archives finds writer Nick Tosches heading for Rome to authenticate the find.

Blackwell North Amer
Deep in the lowest reaches of the Vatican library, a secret chamber is opened for the first time in centuries. Inside it is an object of inestimable value: the manuscript of The Divine Comedy, written in Dante's own hand.
The priest who finds this treasure spirits it away to his home in Sicily, where it comes into the grasp of more worldly parties. And so in New York a few weeks later, a sometimes writer, sometime thief named Nick Tosches gets a phone call from a friend. There's an item he wants him to look at, a manuscript that needs authentication. Tosches recognizes the pages for what they are - and embarks on the most harrowing adventure of his life.
As this story unfolds, so too does a parallel tale: the odyssey, seven hundred years ago, of Dante himself, a man trying to weave out of the grossness of his own humanity a poem that contains the sum of the world's wisdom and the very breath of the divine. It is a struggle every bit as deadly as, centuries later, that between the individuals fighting to possess his manuscript.

Baker
& Taylor

The discovery of an original manuscript of Dante's Inferno in the Vatican archives finds writer Nick Tosches heading for Rome to authenticate the find. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316895248
0316895245
Branch Call Number: FIC Tosches, N 2002
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 25 cm

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Dec 08, 2011

Nick Tosches is brilliant-his mastery of the written word is unparalleled. His brilliance in this book however, is his downfall. Had he stuck to the non-fiction without delving into linguistics as much as he did, this would have been a magnificent story. I found myself skipping almost entire chapters, waiting to get back to his characters and their exploits. Overall...too much acadaemia, not enough story telling.

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