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Secrets of Inferno: In the Footsteps of Dante and Dan Brown  

Dan Burstein & Arne de Keijzer

Secrets of Inferno

Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-61188-082-3

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-081-6

Publication date:  September 3, 2013

296 pages


“Well worth the time whether you’ve read Brown’s Inferno or not and whether you’re a fan of Dan Brown or not.”

— If All Else Fails Use A Hammer

Secrets of Inferno is a reader's guide to the journey Dan Brown took us all on in Inferno. The book gives readers the “back story” on particular plot points, Dante references, symbols, historical events, philosophy, art, music, and architectural works that Brown wrapped into his story. It is also an intellectually enriching, intriguing, fresh and fun look at Dante, the Divine Comedy, the world of ideas circulating in Florence on the cusp of the Renaissance, and the relevance of those ideas to our lives and our world today. In addition, the book turns to some of the leading experts in their field to address some of Inferno’s more provocative notions, including transhumanism and population control.

Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer are the world's leading experts on Dan Brown's fiction. Beginning with their path-breaking Secrets of the Code, which spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list in 2004, and continuing through four other guidebooks to Dan Brown's fiction (as well as three film documentaries and two special editions of US News), Burstein and de Keijzer have sold more than three million copies of Dan Brown-related commentaries in more than thirty languages. In the wake of each Dan Brown title over the last decade, the media (from the History Channel to CNN to MSNBC to USA Today to the Washington Post) have turned to Burstein and de Keijzer for interpretations of Dan Brown's books, decoding of the hidden symbols and ciphers, explanations of the controversies, and thoughtful separation of fact from fiction in these supremely popular stories that somehow always manage to fascinate our culture well beyond the bounds of their pop fiction genre.

The ultimate guide for any Dan Brown fan, Secrets of Inferno is entertaining, thought provoking, and will make the experience of reading Inferno richer than you ever imagined.

About the Authors...

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Dan Burstein is the creator, editor and author of the “Secrets” series, which includes the world’s bestselling guidebooks to the fiction of Dan Brown. Beginning with Secrets of the Code in 2004, Burstein has spearheaded six books of commentaries on Brown’s fiction that today have more than four million copies in print worldwide. The Secrets books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have, in aggregate, appeared on more than a dozen bestseller lists, including twenty-eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. They have also been the basis for three documentary films and three collector’s editions of US News. The author of fourteen books, Burstein has had a passionate interest in Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy since he was twelve years old. Burstein has won many journalism awards over his career and he and coauthor Arne de Keijzer were nominated for a 2012 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for their book on Stieg Larsson and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Burstein is cofounder and managing partner of Millennium Technology Value Partners, a New York City-based venture capital firm that has invested in some of the leading technology companies of our time.

Arne de Keijzer

Arne de Keijzer is cocreator, with Dan Burstein, of the “Secrets” series. Over his writing career, de Keijzer has contributed to a wide variety of publications and authored books on topics ranging from international business to new technologies. For two decades he ran his own business consultancy in the China trade, during which time he wrote the world’s #1 best selling China Guidebook and two editions of China: Business Strategies for the 90s. His collaboration with Dan Burstein began in 1998 with the publication of Big Dragon, an innovative look at China’s economic and political future and its impact on the world. The team subsequently formed Squibnocket Partners LLC, a creative content development company that has now published ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers.

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