Missing renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon? Wishing you had something really juicy to recommend to diehard Da Vinci Code fans? You’re in luck. Dan Brown—whose The Da Vinci Code is in fact the best-selling adult hardcover of all time, with 81 million copies in print worldwide, and whose subsequent The Lost Symbol sold 30 million copies—has a new book forthcoming on May 14. Titled Inferno (Doubleday. ISBN 9780385537858. $29.95), it is in fact based on Dante’s enduring masterpiece.
“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,” says Brown. “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.”
No plot details yet (aside from Langdon’s reappearance), though you can imagine that the downward-twisting Inferno will offer Brown plenty of opportunity for his signature “fascinating history, art, symbols, and puzzles,” as his editor, Doubleday Vice President and Executive Editor Jason Kaufman, says of his work. Not to mention villains.
The first printing is four million, with the book also available in ebook (ISBN 9780385537865. $14.99), large print (ISBN 9780804121064. $30), CD (ISBN 9780804128766. $50), abridged CD (ISBN 9780804147972. $30), downloadable (ISBN 9780804128773. $30), and abridged downloadable (ISBN 9780804147989. $15).