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ISBN13: 9780316735643
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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 equally intimate knowledge of the most degenerate lowlifes of New York's toughest streets.

Review:

"[F]ans of the one-man literary show that is Nick Tosches will doubtless love this book....[T]he author's admiration for [Dante] as a creative force results in a number of compelling passages." Publishers Weekly

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"[A] blindingly brilliant and joltingly weird work of art....[T]he most audacious thing about In the Hand of Dante is the author's furious delivery of rare aesthetic bliss. (Grade: A)" Troy Patterson, Entertainment Weekly

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"Tosches shows off an impressive breadth of knowledge on the life and times of Dante....[B]oldly treads the line between high art and vulgarity, begging the question as to whether it is a masterpiece or just plain pretentious." Benjamin Segedin, Booklist

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"[A] great, glorious mess of a novel that happily breaks every rule it can." San Francisco Chronicle

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"[R]azor sharp insights...this novel's true wisdom lies in its poetry." San Diego Union Tribune

Review:

"[S]chizophrenic yet at times brilliant....The fact that the cynical Tosches doesn't provide easy answers only adds more provocation. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Now in paperback--the Tosches masterpiece--a life-or-death thriller based on the life of Dante and a thief named Nick Tosches.

About the Author

Born in Newark and schooled in his father's Jersey City bar, Nick Tosches, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, is the author of the acclaimed biographies The Devil and Sonny Liston, Dino, Power on Earth, and Hellfire. An anthology of his writings, The Nick Tosches Reader, was recently published by Da Capo Press.

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dfox, October 9, 2007 (view all comments by dfox)
Mr. Tosches creates a surreal universe populated by real individuals, alive & dead. The real & dead are surrounded by a cast of clearly fictional characters. The twist is that the main protagonist is the author himself, only warped in a "bizarro" reality. One can never be quite sure where truth ends and the fiction begins. He weaves a tapestry of myth/truth/fantasy/ fiction so tangled & compelling that at times the plot twists reach out & literally slaps you in the face. After finishing it I knew that I would be reading it again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316735643
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Tosches, Nick
Author:
Tosches, Nick
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Manuscripts
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Theft.
Subject:
Sicily
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Manuscripts; Obsession; Journeys; Organized crime; Mafia; Theft; Publishing industry
Subject:
Manuscripts; Obsession; Journeys; Organized crime; Mafia;
Subject:
Theft; Publishing industry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Back Bay pbk. ed.
Series Volume:
131
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.85 lb

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Product details 384 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316735643 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[F]ans of the one-man literary show that is Nick Tosches will doubtless love this book....[T]he author's admiration for [Dante] as a creative force results in a number of compelling passages." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "[A] blindingly brilliant and joltingly weird work of art....[T]he most audacious thing about In the Hand of Dante is the author's furious delivery of rare aesthetic bliss. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "Tosches shows off an impressive breadth of knowledge on the life and times of Dante....[B]oldly treads the line between high art and vulgarity, begging the question as to whether it is a masterpiece or just plain pretentious."
"Review" by , "[A] great, glorious mess of a novel that happily breaks every rule it can."
"Review" by , "[R]azor sharp insights...this novel's true wisdom lies in its poetry."
"Review" by , "[S]chizophrenic yet at times brilliant....The fact that the cynical Tosches doesn't provide easy answers only adds more provocation. Highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback--the Tosches masterpiece--a life-or-death thriller based on the life of Dante and a thief named Nick Tosches.
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