In the Hand of Dante (Paperback)

A Novel

By Nick Tosches

Back Bay Books, 9780316735643, 384pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2003

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CD-Audio (9/16/2002)
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The life-or-death thriller about a long-lost manuscript of The Divine Comedy was a New York Times Notable Book and called a "blindingly brilliant" by Entertainment Weekly.

In this exuberantly acclaimed bestseller, Nick Tosches tells the tale of two odysseys: the efforts of Dante Alighieri 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, and the deadly struggle, seven centuries later, to possess an object of inestimable value -- the manuscript of The Divine Comedy written in Dante's own hand.

Widely hailed as a work of astounding audacity and beauty, the novel draws on Nick Tosches's vast scholarship about the Middle Ages and an intimate knowledge of the most degenerate lowlifes of New York's toughest streets. It is the masterwork of a writer long recognized as one of America's most gifted prose stylists and now increasingly celebrated as one of our finest writers.

"Tosches writes like a dark angel." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Praise For In the Hand of Dante: A Novel

"A novel that happily breaks every rule it can...The sheer audaciousness of Tosches's writing makes most other fiction seem phony by comparison."—David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"Splendid, passionate...A strange, wild hybrid of a novel...with a moral fervor far exceeding most novels of better grooming."—Will Blythe, New York Times Book Review