Dan Brown’s latest book, Inferno, will be released May 14—and, yes, it’s set in Florence and was inspired by Dante’s Inferno (the first part of the Divine Comedy)!
The fourth book in Brown’s series about fictional Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, Inferno is the second novel that Dan Brown has set in Italy. Angels and Demons, Brown’s breakout book, dealt with Vatican secrets and conspiracies and was set in Rome.
The new Dan Brown book has a different focus. It centers on 14th-century Florence, and on the writing, and personality, of Dante Alighieri. Dante’s Inferno, after all, is one of the most important works in medieval literature. It’s also one of the creepiest. With graphic imagery, the Inferno details Dante’s imaginings of the nine circles of hell, with each circle imprisoning sinners of various kinds, from the greedy to the treacherous.
Although Brown isn’t a historian, he draws on real-life artwork, history, and documents—and, of course, literature like the Inferno—for his stories. So, here at Walks of Italy, we’re excited to see what he comes up with for Florence, a city full of the kinds of hidden symbols and secrets that Brown (and his fans) love!
Curious about the new Dan Brown book? The prologue and first chapter of Inferno have been published as a sneak preview over at the Daily Mail, so check it out. And let us know what you think in the comments—as well as if you’ll be buying the book!