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I delitti del mosaico (Dante Alighieri #2)

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Nel 1300 Dante Alighieri viene nominato Priore di Firenze. È la carica più alta della città e comprende, oltre alla gestione della cosa pubblica e della politica cittadina, anche il comando delle milizie. Proprio in questa veste Dante viene chiamato a indagare sulla misteriosa morte di un artigiano, lasciato morire con il volto coperto di calce viva ai piedi della sua ulti ...more
Paperback, Oscar, 321 pages
Published March 8th 2005 by Mondadori (first published 2004)
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Tea Jovanović
Odličan istorijski roman... Do prevoda naslova došli smo ispijajući kafu i ćaskajući s autorom i njegovim prvim prevodiocem u jednom rimskom kafeu davne 2005. Primetili ste da knjiga obiluje fusnotama... Ana se svojski potrudila i izvukla je iz naftalina i svoje studentske beleške o Danteu... :) Posle je 2007. Leoni bio u Beogradu pa su i čitaoci mogli da se druže s njim. Sjajan čovek, odličan pisac... U Srbiji su ga čitaoci bolje prihvatili nego u Hrvatskoj...
Kristen
Jul 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I read about this book, which casts Dante (yes, that Dante - author of the Divine Comedy) as the prior of the city of Florence, and therefore responsible to solve the highly unusual murder of a mosaic artisan in a church, I thought it sounded interesting and clever.

Unfortunately, I found the book painfully dull. The character of Dante is portrayed as a self-important, but at the same time fearful and mean-spirited person. He is not at all likeable, in fact I could see why other characters i
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Βάσω Βουνάτσου
Ένα βιβλίο που "θα μπορούσε ". Δεν μπόρεσε. Τα δυο αστέρια για την ύπαρξη των προϋποθέσεων.
Renee
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Least likeable main character I've read this year. (Setting was fantastic.)
Bea
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The is a historical novel. It is based in Florence, Italy, in 1300 and the story occurs over one week (6/15 - 6/22). It is the time just before the clash between the Whites (who had misgivings about Pope Boniface VIII and his court) and the Blacks (extremists who supported the papacy) - two factions of the Guelphs.

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence into the Guelph family (middle class supporters of the papacy). Although Dante was a devout Catholic and held many of the principles of his family
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Nicole
Jul 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, crap
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Janne Paananen
Historialliset seikkailuromaanit ovat paheeni. Kun tapahtumat sijoittuvat 1300-luvun Italiaan ja pääosassa on Dante Alighieri, niin väkisinkin odottaa mielenkiintoista lukuelämystä. Mutta nyt petyin pahasti. Yksinkertaistetusti kyseessä murhamysteeri, jota Dante Firenzen priorina setvii. Varsin varhaisessa vaiheessa syylliset rajautuvat uuden oppineiden joukon jäseniin. Ja lisää löylyä soppaan heittää tavernassa tanssiva mystillinen ja aistikas Antilia. Valitettavasti kerronta on kaikkea muuta k ...more
Panu Mäkinen
Jun 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
Mosaiikkimurha vaikuttaa aluksi hurmaavalta aikamatkalta 1300-luvun italiaan. Karu totuus paljastuu kuitenkin jo alkulehdillä. Keskiaikaisen elämän kuvaus on niukkaa, vaikka nimenomaan tämäntyyppisissä romaaneissa sillä on tärkeä asema. Teoksen päähenkilö on äksyilevä firenzeläisrunoilija Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), joka parhaansa mukaan yrittää ratkoa murhaa. Kerronta on jokseenkin puuduttavaa ja siinä vilisee keskiajan kulttuuriin liittyviä outoja sanoja, joiden merkitystä ei pahemmin avata l ...more
Marika Oksa
Kirjan plussapuolia olivat tyylikäs kansi ja 1300-luvun Firenzen tunnelma. Danten rikostenratkonnasta oli runous kaukana. Sen sijaan runoilijamestari osoittautui yllättävän aggressiiviseksi persoonaksi, joka oli lähettämässä ihmisiä kidutuskammioon vähän väliä. Rikoksen selvittely oli sen sijaan aikas kömpelöä.
Ana
I liked the beginning, but after 100 pages it got very boring. Too bad...the author just didn't manage to have my full attention:(
Faiza
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really complex, extremely philosophical, sometimes there is action, sometimes mystery. Lots of Italian words. Written in an old style. Weird, challenging, but I liked it anyway.
Donna
I just could not get into this story. I had a hard time keeping the characters and plot straight.
Anne-sophie Olsen
Dante er blevet udnævnt til prior i Firenze og fiser nu rundt på må og få for at opklare et mord. Undervejs støder han på en hemmelig klub af lærde, der kalder sig den Tredje Himmel, en danserinde og en tempelridder i forklædning. Det hele er beskrevet i en overlegen arkaisk tone fyldt med mere eller mindre indforståede hentydninger til Firenze og Italiens politiske historie på tidspunktet (år 1300), som man ikke får ret meget ud af, men som er væsentligt for historien, med mindre man er inde i ...more
Alessandra
Il primo libro che ho scelto per la 2017 Reading Challenge è "I delitti del mosaico" di Giulio Leoni, in cui Dante è chiamato a risolvere il mistero dell'omicidio di un maestro comacino. Il giallo si presenta breve, scorrevole, leggibile. Il ritmo narrativo sta al passo con gli avvenimenti e ben si adegua alle situazioni presentate. Anche l'ambientazione è ben scelta e presentata in modo ottimale. Mi lascia tuttavia un po' perplessa il personaggio stesso di Dante, che viene dipinto come una pers ...more
Karina
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
niet mijn boek. verschrikkelijk taalgebruik, nergens spannend
M M
Apr 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We have a frenetic The Third Heaven Conspiracy (also known as The Mosaic Crimes) by Giulio Leoni – a tale of Dante (in this case following the man himself, rather than serial killers killing in accordance to the deaths in his magnum opus). Dante is an investigator, a Prior, in Florence, and he attempts to solve the death of a mosaicist involved in the construction of the new cathedral in his city. Meanwhile, the Papacy is intruding into Florentine affairs, raising the hackles of the political el ...more
Jeffrey
Generally, I liked the evocation of late medieval Florence in this book, especially the intellectual discussions or debates that the various characters sometimes have. The murder mystery driving the plot was decent, though I thought the solution was somewhat far-fetched and even a little hoaky.

But the thing I liked least about this book was the picture of Dante it presented. Whether the author was trying to take the piss out of Dante I don't know, but that was the effect. He stalks through the b
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Manuel Chiofi
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giulio leoni scomoda Dante, il sommo poeta, per farlo protagonista di questa storia.
Siamo a Firenze nel Trecento e Dante è diventato Priore di Firenze. Come tale viene chiamato ad indagare sulla morte di un mosaicista in una chiesa poco fuori Firenze. Le indagini si intrecceranno con le vicende olimpiche del tempo portando spesso il nostro eroe fuori strada fino alla rivelazione finale.
Il romanzo è scritto riproducendo fedelmente la Firenze del tempo. Alcune parole sono ormai in disuso (Bargello
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Lieve Dupont
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Dit verhaal begon veelbelovend, de wereldberoemde Dante Alighieri is net prior geworden van de stad Florence en krijgt meteen een moord op zijn bord gepresenteerd. Architect en mozaiekkunstenaar Ambrogio is op een vreemde manier het hoekje om geholpen. Helaas gaat het vanaf dan al bergaf. Dante wordt geportretteerd als een wannabe-intellectueel, blasé en soms een beetje hypocriet, waardoor het moeilijk is om voeling met hem te krijgen en enige sympathie voor hem op te brengen, iets wat ik toch b ...more
Georgia Smith
Mar 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
God, what a dreary and forgettable book. The first bit was almost interesting - the part about the murder itself, the artist himself, Dante. After that it grew increasingly monotonous with characters all blending into each other like a perfect watercolor, none of them individuals at all. I got halfway through by sheer willpower but once I'd gone to the library to stock up my pile, I just couldn't handle this book any more. The main character was almost interesting in the sense that the author di ...more
Sherrill Watson
Maybe the problem was with the translator? The reviewers who read this book in the original seemed to rate it higher.

Durante degli Alighieri (Dante Alighieri) is appointed(?) Prior(?) by persons unknown, certainly no friends of his, for he seems to have no (or few) friends in this book, angrily antagonizing everyone. including the reader. He is summoned by a Bargello (a personal guard) to the church of Saint Jude, outside the walled city, to investigate a bizarre murder. Later there is another m
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Pythia
La quarta di copertina cita Faletti "Il Dante che avrei voluto studiare a scuola": direi che Giorgio non ha capito un cavolo sia di Dante che del romanzo in questione.
L'Alighieri di Leoni ha, a mio parere, in comune con il sommo poeta solo il nome: a parte qualche citazione poetica qua e là, non dà grandi motivi di identificazione.
In ogni caso, il giallo è ben strutturato, con momenti di suspense e talvolta di comicità ben equilibrati.
Nonostante sia il seguito di "Dante Alighieri e i delitti del
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Mariella Deliyannis
It is different from what I thought it would be but that is not a negative thing. I expected a Dan Brown kind of book and I discovered a book with a hero I knew nothing about apart from his Hell, he threw me philosophical questions and dilemmas that made me pause and think and gave me a picture of Florence that I hadn't imagined. Learnt a bit about italian history of the middle ages. A very interesting book but not an easy read but persevere! It is worth it!
Jay
Jun 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It took me three long years to finish a book that should have only taken a few hours, and the only reason I finished it was because I had spent money on the book and I was determined to recoup some of the value.

Sadly, there is not much that could be considered valuable here.

In short, the book is complete and utter pretentious crap that attempts to be intelligent and insightful but fails miserably. The plot seems to meander from page to page, unsure of where to go, and the characters likewise ei
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Charlene
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book. Dante, the poet, is serving as leader of Florence's council, when a master artist is murdered while creating a mysterious new mosaic. Book follows dante's efforts to solve the mystery while also ridding Florence of the faction that will soon send him into exile forever. Mystery itself never makes much sense. Dante is a proud character in novel, rather mean and friendless. Surely the real Dante at least had some charm if not any common sense? Also novel very lacking in any femal ...more
Vivienne
Nov 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vivienne by: vivienneor@yahoo.com

I'd probably give this one 3.5 stars if I could as while I found it quite an interesting work of historical fiction, it was at times hard going. I found out that, as with many Nordic crime writers, that this was the second in a trilogy of novels but the first translated into English.

As the first book in a series is often where the author gives more to 'setting of place', it explains why I felt a little lost. Naughty publishers!

The mystery engaged me to the end and had some interesting implicati
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Pedro
This is a good book if you're just looking for an uncompromising historical investigation story.
The mystery behind the murder case is able to keep you reading the book till the end and the good thing is that you're able somehow to discover some aspects of Dante's life. The book has some historical problems ( but that's common since it's literature and not an academic book ) but in general the hole scenario is quite good.
Perhaps, not one of the best historical books ever, like Umberto Eco or Be
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Marinho Lopes
É um triller histórico interessante, contudo, do meu ponto de vista, creio que no final o escritor não consegue explicar todos os mistérios que foi criando ao longo do livro, ou pelo menos alguns não ficam bem esclarecidos (ou melhor, na verdade o escritor responde a todos aqueles que ele identificou como “questões” a resolver ao longo da investigação desenvolvida, contudo acaba por esquecer outras questões implícitas de carácter estrutural). Apesar disto, é um livro agradável, com um bom detalh ...more
Lefty
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay. Dante seems to bounce between rage, curiosity, and daydreaming. Maybe poets from ancient times were like that -- I don't know. The pacing of the book was meticulous (read: slow), but it paid off a little in the end when you realized what was happening. I enjoyed it, it was an easy read, and I don't feel ashamed to say that I read it. It could be worse.
David Schwan
The main character of the book is the poet Dante covering a murder that happens while he is a prior of Florence. There is a subplot involving the Vatican that seems to go nowhere, and of course the Templar's are involved in overall plot. The Dante character is well developed and the only reason to read this novel.
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