In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches
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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.
 

About Nick Tosches

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Nick Tosches is uniquely acquainted with the half-lit New York world in which this novel is set. He is the author of three previous novels, 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.
 
Published September 4, 2002 by Little, Brown and Company. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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From cultural critic and occasional novelist Tosches (Where Dead Voices Gather, 2001, etc.), a personal Commedia of errors that may not be the book of the millennium he aims for.

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One "Nick Tosches" lives (as Tosches wrote of Louis Prima) in "a world in which everything came down to broads, booze, and money, with plenty of linguini on the side" - while another Nick Tosches, cusping the big five-0, sets himself to learning Latin, the better to deepen his understanding of Da...

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Publishers Weekly

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Deftly blending the sacred and the profane, Tosches boldly casts himself as the protagonist in his latest novel, an outrageously ambitious book in which he procures a purloined version of the original manuscript of The Divine Comedy while tracing Dante's journey as Dante struggled to complete hi...

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Book Reporter

IN THE HAND OF DANTE bears the label "A Novel" on the cover.

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A brash, brooding novel that twists a postmodern narrative into a rumination on the doomed glory of old-world metafiction, In The Hand Of Dante bears the distinctly forceful stamp of Nick Tosches.

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Entertainment Weekly

The soon-to-be-infamous ''rant'' in Nick Tosches' In the Hand of Dante -- a piece of provocation finely calibrated by a masterly hype artist -- is really no more offensive than Sade's ''Justine'' or N.W.A's ''Greatest Hits'' and, in general, better reasoned than both.

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PopMatters

The chapters devoted to Dante are some of the most intriguing and beautifully written sections of the book.

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However, like the priest, Nick, even knowing the danger, purloins the manuscript as he tries to resolve whether he possesses an original or a clever copy and if legitimate how much would it bring in the marketplace.

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Be aware, too, that there's little context, and no source notes, for guidance.Nick Tosches known for acclaimed biographies of Dean Martin and Jerry Lee Lewis appears to be a writer who, ironically, distrusts writing ( artful whoredom") and publishing (which he denounces here at length).

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