From Da Vinci to Dante’s ‘Inferno’, Dan Brown proves research mettle in his novels

After a major crash of his official site, Dan Brown on Tuesday announced his next book titled “Inferno,” after 14th century philosopher Dante’s epic journey to hell and heaven in verse.

While his protagonist Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon remains the hero in his new novel, it remains to be seen how he sews the story line bereft of the poetic version, be in tune with the latest online adventure.

Both his blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” and the next million-selling follow-up “The Lost Symbol” proved indefatigable. Book lovers all over the world virtually crashed his announcement of his latest book’s title on Tuesday.

“Although I studied Dante’s ‘Inferno’ as a student, it wasn’t until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante’s work on the modern world,” Brown said in a statement issued on the occasion. “With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm, a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways.”

Brown is also expected to touch the controversial point raised in his earlier book “The Da Vinci Code” where he said Jesus and mary Magdalene were married and had children too, thus bringing the wrath of the clergy.

How far he answers the angry Church in his upcoming “Inferno”, to be released on May 14 by DoubleDay publishers, will be eagerly awaited. Otherwise, his new book is bound to sell more than 5 millions in the opening week itself, more than the record set by “The Lost Symbol”.

“Inferno” of Dante touches on passage of the author to hell and later to heaven and the sequenced stretches depicting the level of sins committed by the mankind and the fury of God to correct them. How far has Dante’s “Inferno” corrected the mankind in the last six centuries still remains a big question.

Now that Dan Brown visits the same route through his character Langdon again, it is interesting to see how the author supports his research aptitude to defend or deprive the Church of the morality it upholds even to this day.

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