Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero

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Kessinger Publishing, Apr 1, 2005 - Fiction - 568 pages
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1898. Sienkiewicz is regarded as the most outstanding and prolific Polish writer of the second half of the nineteenth century. The winner of the Nobel Prize in 1905, he is best known for his epic historical novel Quo Vadis, which depicts early Christianity and the persecutions. The story follows Vinicius, a soldier, who, in order to win the love of Ligia, a Christian, must come to understand the true meaning of her religion, even as Rome sinks under the excesses of Nero and Christians are thrown to the lions. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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A beautifully written account of the lives of early Christians. Each character is fully and wonderfully developed demonstrating the author's insight into the human condition. This book has it all: love, war, passion, sacrifice, witty dialogue, religion, philosophy. Highly readable and very engaging. 

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Far more celebrated than any of his positivist contemporaries, Sienkiewicz began as a journalist and achieved considerable renown with his account of a two-year journey to the United States. Between 1882 and 1888 he wrote three historical novels dealing with political and military events in seventeenth-century Poland: With Fire and Sword, The Deluge (1886), and Fire in the Steppe (1888, also translated as Pan Michael). Although superficial in its analysis of historical events, the trilogy gained enormous popularity both in Poland and in other Slavic countries thanks to Sienkiewicz's masterful use of epic techniques and of the seventeenth-century colloquial idiom. Even more popular, if artistically far weaker, was his Quo Vadis? (1896), a novel about Rome in the age of Nero (Sienkiewicz's fame in the West is chiefly based on this work). Another historical novel, The Teutonic Knights (1900), deals with the fifteenth-century struggle between Poland-Lithuania and the Teutonic Order.

Jeremiah Curtin (1835-1906) served in the U.S. diplomatic corps and is famous for translating the works of Henryk Sienkiewicz.

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