Today Show: Dan Brown Releasing New Novel
Matt Lauer, in an interview with The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons author Dan Brown, got the unique opportunity to visit Dan Brown’s home in New Hampshire. Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, is inspired by the 14th-century classic The Divine Comedy: Dante’s Inferno.
Dan Brown Inferno Review
Dan Brown’s now-famous protagonist, Robert Langdon, always seems to be getting chased by some secret society or another throughout the course of his code-cracking exploits, and things haven’t changed much. The new book takes place in Florence, Italy with Robert Langdon trying to solve mysterious clues left in Renaissance artwork in an attempt to stop a trans-humanist villain.
Dan Brown On Trans-Humanism
What is a trans-humanism, you ask? According to Dan Brown, it is the ethics and science of using biological engineering to transform our bodies to make us a more powerful species. It is a controversial theory that Brown has taken an interest in for years.
Most of the controversy comes from the growing world population. In the last 85 years, the world population has tripled, with 200,000 new people being added to that every day. The villain in Inferno sees this, and many of his visions for the future mirror Dante’s depiction of Hell in Dante’s Inferno.
Dan Brown Spent Several Years Researching Dante’s Inferno
In order to use Dante’s Inferno as effectively as possible in his book, Inferno, Dan Brown spent time researching the book, taking trips to Florence, an ancient city known for its culture of secrets.
On one of these trips, the author managed to slip into Dante’s church, the rumored burial site for Beatrice, Dante’s muse. It is tradition to leave letters at her tomb, asking for help with romance.
Dan Brown’s own muse was to write Inferno, and he himself left a note at Beatrice’s grave: “Sing in me muse, and through me, tell a story of a man versed in symbols.” The Homer quote is a plea to his muse to inspire within him to write great things, in Homer’s case, The Odyssey, and in Dan Brown’s case, Inferno.
Dan Brown’s New Hampshire Home
Dan Brown’s New Hampshire home is not unlike the labyrinthine structures his novels are set in, riddled with secret passageways and hidden rooms. He calls his library “The Fortress Of Gratitude,” and holds his books in more than 50 languages. Needless to say, his architect was more than a little puzzled when Dan Brown came to him with his plans for a home.
Inferno will be Dan Brown’s sixth novel, and he says that he has inspiration for at least a dozen more, though he has yet to start any of them. Hey, the guy just spent his last several years in Hell. He could use a break.