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In the Hand of Dante (Paperback)

Author:  Nick Tosches
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0316735647
ISBN-13: 9780316735643
Sku: 33811033
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  376
Age Range:  NA
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Now in paperback--the Tosches masterpiece--a life-or-death thriller based on the life of Dante and a thief named Nick Tosches.
From the Publisher:
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. Reprint.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. Reprint.
In this postmodern novel, the author himself, Nick Tosches, makes an appearance as the expert brought in to validate an original manuscript of THE DIVINE COMEDY. The man who hires him is a New York mobster whose actual aim is to steal it. On the road to the novel's conclusion, Tosches gets in a number of shots at the publishing business and its denizens, not least his own editor, and includes a biography of Dante. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.
Author Bio
Nick Tosches
Nick Tosches is the writer of authoritative music biographies like DINO: LIVING HIGH IN THE DIRTY BUSINESS OF DREAMS and COUNTRY, as well as novels like TRINITIES and IN THE HAND OF DANTE. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1949, Tosches spent his teenage years in various occupations (he alleges he was both a paste-up artist for an underwear company and a snake-hunter for the Miami Aquarium), mostly centered around his father's bar business. He later worked for the cutting edge late-'60s music publications Creem and Fusion. His book HELLFIRE, the biography of rock & roll star Jerry Lewis, is widely considered to be one of the best of the genre, while DINO, his biography of Dean Martin, broke new ground in its atmospheric depictions of the crooner's life and times. Tosches was a fixture on the downtown Manhattan music and social scene during the '70s and '80s, but the onset of diabetes contributed to a more reflective period in the 1990s, during which he studied Latin in order to better research his book IN THE HAND OF DANTE, a finely imagined, often brutal, multi-layered conflation of the Middle Ages with contemporary New York City. Tosches has also been a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, while his poetry has been published in magazines like Lowest Common Denominator and Open City. It has also been released on CD, together with that of the author of LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, Hubert Selby, Jr., with whom Tosches collaborated extensively before Selby's death in 2004.


Kirkus Reviews
"[A] personal Commedia of errors that may not be the book of the millennium he aims for....Tosches would have us believe that he is Orson Welles, writing badly for dough and well for posterity." 07/01/2002

New York Times Book Review
"IN THE HAND OF DANTE offers a fascinating revision of the traditional notion of Dante as exalted mouthpiece for the Christian apologetics of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. Here Dane comes off as a mopey egotist, a poetic rebel, a 14th-century prototype of William Blake or even Allen Ginsberg...." - Will Blythe 09/29/2002

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0376
Product attributePublisher:   Back Bay Books
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