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The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
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May 10, 2012

really liked it

Love the way Pearl weaves history and it's actual characters into his own yarns. Here Longfellow, Holmes and Lowell, together with some other notables of the time, form a surreptitious literary club to translate and protect the works of Dante from those who considered him a heretic. Since the country was predominantly Protestant at the time, an Italian author such as Dante was considered a Papist and verboten.

As these literary giants of their time go about their erudite and abstruse endeavors, bodies begin appearing, each murder reflecting a passage from Dante's Inferno. Their translation project evolves into a mutual effort to solve the mystery and deduce who the killer might be.
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