Iago: A Novel

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Henry Holt and Company, Jan 3, 2012 - Fiction - 464 pages
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An unforgettable adventure beginning where Shakespeare's Othello leaves off

Wounded in love, tormented by his past, Shakespeare's most complex villain is brought magnificently to life in this tale of two adversaries—one an accused killer; the other, one of the most powerful men in Venice. Having escaped from Cyprus, accused of the murders of the governor, known as the Moor, and his lovely young wife, Iago is now locked in battle with Annibale Malipiero, known as Il Terribile, the chief inquisitor of Italy's greatest city.

Malipiero is repelled by the more brutal tasks of the interrogante. His obsession is with the very nature of evil. What makes a man into a murderer, he longs to know? Is Iago a lone psychopath, or does he lie at the heart of a more widespread Ottoman conspiracy? Malipiero knows that torture will not provide him with the answers he seeks. But there is, perhaps, a more audacious and unusual route to the truth . . .

Exuberantly inventive, thrillingly complex, and richly entertaining, Iago will captivate fans already familiar with Shakespeare and appeal to anyone who loves a rich historical novel. Iago marks the emergence of a remarkable new literary voice.

 

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User Review  - knittingmomof3 - LibraryThing

I cannot think of a work of Shakespeare's that I have not enjoyed and when I received Iago by David Snodin, I was quite enthusiastic. Iago is, in this reviewers opinion, Shakespeare's greatest villain ... Read full review

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User Review  - LA12Hernandez - LibraryThing

I actually finished this book in January but went over it again as I found it hard to read. I re-read Othello hoping it would help me understand [Iago] better but it didn't. I'm still not sure what this book is suppose to be about. Read full review

Contents

The Castle
A Patricians Funeral
My Family
Two Graves in Cyprus
Two Inquisitors
A Fateful Encounter
A Place in the Hills
Home Comforts
A Rough Awakening
Doge Gritti
Padua
The Euganean Hills
Murder Love and Jealousy
A Brief Idyll
The House of Flowers
Food and Death

The Chase
The Effects of Love
Zinervas Bread
Drinking with the Enemy
A Letter from Cyprus
A Difficult Nephew
A Second Battering
A Villa on the Brenta
A Miserable Supper
Godlessness and Savagery
Mantua
Isabella dEste Gonzaga
The Wasteland
Love and
What You Know You Know
The World Turned Upside Down
Acknowledgments and Apologies About the Author Copyright
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

David Snodin was William Shakespeare's script editor. He worked on the BBC's epic series of Shakespeare's plays, and0 his award-winning television production credits also include Jane Austen's Persuasion, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. He lives in London and Crete.

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