In the Hand of Dante
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Deep inside the Vatican library, a priest discovers the rarest and most valuable art object ever found: the manuscript of The Divine Comedy, written in Dante's own hand. Via Sicily, the manuscript makes its way from the priest to a mob boss in New York City, where a writer named Nick Tosches is called to authenticate the prize. For this writer, the temptation is too great: he steals the manuscript in a last-chance bid to have it all. Some will find it offensive; others will declare it transcendent; it is certain to be the most ragingly debated novel of the decade.
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
Back Bay Books, 9780316735643, 384pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2003
About the Author
Nick Tosches is from Newark, New Jersey. He is the author of four previous novels, Me and the Devil, In the Hands of Dante, Cut Numbers, and Trinities. His nonfiction works include Where Dead Voices Gather, The Devil and Sonny Liston, Dino, Power on Earth, Hellfire, Country, and Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll. He lives in New York City.