Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[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
"[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
"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
"[A] great, glorious mess of a novel that happily breaks every rule it can." San Francisco Chronicle
"[R]azor sharp insights...this novel's true wisdom lies in its poetry." San Diego Union Tribune
"[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
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.