In the Hand of Dante: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown, Sep 4, 2002 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Seth Lindsey - Goodreads

I was plunged into a love/hate relationship with In the Hand of Dante. On one hand, we have Tosches first person narrative, telling us about his travels, and his beef with the mutating publishing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Crom - Goodreads

Tosches is a smart, twisted, dark bastard. Hard not to like. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Born in Newark & schooled in his father's bar, Nick Tosches is one of the most original & individualistic writers at work today. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of Sonny Liston, (The Devil & Sonny Liston), Dean Martin (Dino), the Mafia financier Michele Sindona (Power on Earth), & Jerry Lee Lewis (Hellfire); of several books about popular music (Country & Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll); & of the novels "Trinities" & "Cut Numbers". Thirty years of his writing was recently collected into "The Nick Tosches Reader" (Da Capo). He is a contributing editor of "Vanity Fair". He lives in New York City, & his poetry readings are legend.

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