Dan Brown's Inferno goes on sale today, and the author was kind enough to send Omnivoracious some exclusive content related to what will undoubtedly be another mega-best seller.
The first part of this post is a series of photographs selected by the author, accompanied by book excerpts related to the photos. Together they reveal locations in the book, along with classic Dan Brown-esque details, the kind of details that make his books so readable.
"As Langdon continued on toward the elbow of the square, he could see, directly ahead in the distance, the shimmering blue glass dial of the St. Mark’s Clock Tower— the same astronomical clock through which James Bond had thrown a villain in the film Moonraker."
"The Tetrarchs statue was well known for its missing foot, broken off while it was being plundered from Constantinople in the thirteenth century. Miraculously, in the 1960s, the foot was unearthed in Istanbul. Venice petitioned for the missing piece of statue, but the Turkish authorities replied with a simple message: You stole the statue— we’re keeping our foot."
"Amid a contour of spires and domes, a single illuminated facade dominated Langdon’s field of view. The building was an imposing stone fortress with a notched parapet and a three-hundred-foot tower that swelled near the top, bulging outward into a massive machicolated battlement."
"Langdon found himself standing before a familiar face—that of Dante Alighieri. Depicted in the legendary fresco by Michelino, the great poet stood before Mount Purgatory and held forth in his hands, as if in humble offering, his masterpiece The Divine Comedy."
Dan Brown's Suggested Inferno Reading List:
- The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
- The Lives of the Artists Volume 1 by Giorgio Vasari, translated by George Bull
Check back with Omni later today for a video and Q&A with Dan Brown.