Inside Dan Brown's Inferno


Dan Brown's Inferno will be released on May 14, 2013. Teasers point to Florence, Italy and Dante Alighieri but until this great work of American literature is upon us, it is all speculation. Fueled by the possibility of what secrets lie inside those pages, The Daily Grail's Greg Taylor published an ebook where he explores the strange subjects Brown likely raises in the new novel. Over at TDG, Greg posted some bits from his book, Inside Dan Brown's Inferno:

The Lost Leonardo A number of art scholars believe that the Palazzo Vecchio (mentioned above) has hidden somewhere within it a lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci, The Battle of Anghiari. Da Vinci is, of course, intimately connected to Dan Brown's works, and so given the likely use of Palazzo Vecchio as a location, this is certainly a topic that could easily be used in Inferno.

There is further support for this possibility in the fact that, on the cover of the Italian cover for Inferno, instead of the coded letters CATROACCR, we find the letters CATROVACER. This seems to be a direct anagram of 'Cerca trova' ('Seek and you will find').* This phrase is directly related to the search for the 'lost Leonardo': an Italian expert in the analysis of art through technological analysis, Maurizio Seracini, has claimed that a mural by Giorgio Vasari within the Palazzo Vecchio, the Battle of Marciano in Val di Chiana hides a clue to Leonardo da Vinci's lost work. In the upper part of Vasari's fresco, a Florentine soldier waves a green flag with the words "Cerca trova" scrawled upon it. So far, however, no-one has managed to find the lost painting.

"Secrets of the Inferno" (TDG)

"Inferno" by Dan Brown (Amazon)

"Inside Dan Brown's Inferno" by Greg Taylor (Amazon)


      1. It would be interesting to see how VJM gets his CONCEPT of reality and applies it to others as if his concept IS reality.

        1.  Well, it is a know fact that the Eiffel Tower is in the Champ de Mars in Paris, that they speak French there, also eat baguettes. So, if Brown writes that the Eiffel Tower is in La Défence. that they speak Briton and that their favourite bread is panettone I would certainly say that Mr Brown has a very distinguished disdain for reality.
          He may be writing fiction, but he roots it´s success in the apparent plausibility of its conspirations YET disdain or neglect basic information on geography, customs, or culture accessible to anyone with a cheap travel guide or internet.

    1. I had a dream once that I went to an amusement park called Infernoland and had a conversation with Francesca da Rimini in a circular wind tunnel ride.

    1.  Supposedly (HA!) he lived several years in Seville but was not able to identify where the town hall is, that the Giralda doesn’t have stairs to climb to the top, that punks are* unheard of in Seville or that people there doesn’t drink fucking sarsaparille*!
      *People in Spain doesn’t even know what the heck is that. We drink Cruzcampo or manzanilla. Screw you Brown!

  1. The only “Dan Brown’s Inferno” I’m interested in is a stack of Dan Brown’s execrable bestsellers, burning merrily.

    If only the millions who bought “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” could have been inoculated against this crap by readng either Umberto Eco’s “Foucalt’s Pendulum” or (better yet!) the “Illuminatus!” trilogy, the world would be a much smarter place.

    I would love for somebody to tell me that “Inside Dan Brown’s Inferno” is an elaborate prank.  Please.

    1. I enjoyed the Illuminatus! trilogy, was bored by Foucalt’s Pendulum and liked all Dan Brown’s books, so the inoculation probably did not work as intended…

    2. As much as I loved “Foucalt’s Pendulum”, it has, probably more than any other Eco novel, that feeling that Eco is saying, “Look at all these facts!  Just look at them!!”

      1. Then I take it you haven’t read “The Prague Cemetery”…  ;)

        What I meant about inoculating people was that both Illuminatus! and “Foucault’s Pendulum” are all about making the point that this stuff is not to be taken seriously, and that people who do are not playing with a full deck.  Dan Brown is consciously writing fiction, it’s true (so much so that he doesn’t bother with fairly basic research), but at the same time you sense that he sorta believes this stuff, and expects that the reader will, too.

    3. As much as I loved “Foucalt’s Pendulum”, it has, probably more than any other Eco novel, that feeling that Eco is saying, “Look at all these facts!  Just look at them!!”

    4. I enjoyed Angels and Demons, but only in the same way that I enjoyed The Hot Chick.

      Actually I take that back, The Hot Chick was an awesome movie. What were we talking about again?

  2. Its time for the sarcasm tag.  “Teasers point to Florence, Italy and Dante Alighieri but until this great work of American literature is upon us, it is all speculation. ” Otherwise I’ll be forced to believe pesco was kidnapped and replaced by a lizard person.

  3. As a non-religious, curmudgeonly type, I noticed you used the phrase “great work of American literature” in connection with the author Dan Brown.  Get off my lawn, already.

  4. If Dan Brown has written a work of ‘American Literature’ for a change, I will be happy to read it.  

    However, watching him put so many favorite books of my youth in a metaphorical blender, drink it like a smoothie, and crap out _Da Vinci Code_ has made me very skeptical.

  5. “Renowned hack Dan Brown shat a mangled sentence precariously into his Lenovo ThinkPad UltraBook Helix with 1080p Gorilla Glass, then followed through for 380 more pages.”

  6. I guess I shouldn’t go so far as to say Dan Brown is a waste of perfectly good organs, but his books are definitely wastes of perfectly good paper.

  7. I stopped reading his stuff after he vilified the Electronic Frontier Foundation in Digital Fortress.

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  9. Seriously people? Dan Brown is getting all the flak here? Not the guy who wrote a guide to Dan Brown’s Latest novel without having glimpsed it, based on nothing but guesswork, and had the balls to call it “the ultimate primer”?

    1.  Right up with wankers who take time out their day to post 1 star reviews of books on Amazon that they haven’t read, hey Michael?

      I’m the author, let’s have your flak. What is it about my book that you haven’t read that enraged you particularly?

      1. I’m not a mind reader, but it seems pretty obvious that Michael is none too keen on the title and tagline on the grounds that they aren’t the rather more factually accurate “Things Dan Brown Might Write About In Inferno” and “The Ultimate Speculative Primer” respectively.

        1.  Understand that. Just seems weird that a title and tagline, which I generally understand are meant to sell a book anyhow, got Michael so uptight that he not only posted here, but even went to Amazon and posted a 1-star review for my book when he hasn’t read it. Thought there might be more than something so benign that would cause such angst, so much so that he would purposefully try to harm the standing of the book and author without knowing anything about either.

          The longer description for the book notes that there is some speculation – indeed, it’s part of the fun of the book, taking Dan Brown’s “puzzle-solving” themes and employing them in solving the riddle of what will be in his next book. As the description also points out, Dan Brown has left some clues about the place as to what will be in the book. I (and other interested people) have solved some of those clues. As such, I’ve been able to ascertain some of the content to a rather high degree of certainty. So personally I would claim that Michael’s accusation that my book is “based on nothing but guesswork” is pretty far off base. If he had read the book, he might have found that out.

          In any case, if anyone is disappointed in the book, they can ‘return’ it and get their $2.99 back from Amazon.

          I do welcome criticism and feedback of the book from anybody that happens to read it. I’m just intrigued by what inspired Michael to dislike me and my book so much.

          1. So it’s OK for you to write about a book you haven’t read even though your book cover gives exactly the opposite impression, whereas it’s not OK for Michael to write about your book even though he explicitly states in the first sentence that he’s only seen the cover? I’m intrigued by your self-serving reasoning. Perhaps you would have found Michael’s review more acceptable if he had charged money for it and begun it by giving the false impression that he had read your book in its entirety: that way he too could have parlayed deception into an innocent act of salesmanship.

  10. “…but until this great work of American literature is upon us, it is all speculation.”

    Including the bit about this being a “great work of American literature” sight unseen?

  11.  Thanks for the reply Stooge. I can see you’ve got your views, and you’re welcome to them. I’m fairly satisfied by the fact that out of all the purchases of the book, up till now it’s  had 3 very positive reviews and no negative reviews – I’d imagine if people thought they were being ripped off in some way they would post a review saying as much, or at least email me with their concerns.

    To add some clarity about this whole “based on nothing but guesswork” accusation – DB has said the book uses Dante’s Inferno, so there is a whole chapter in my book on Dante and his Inferno. DB has said the location is Florence – there is a whole chapter on the locations of Florence, and another whole chapter on the history of Florence, particularly the Renaissance. Half the book is a primer on things that Dan Brown has said are in the book. The other half goes further exploring some possibilities, though all of that is clearly labeled as such.

    To answer your query: Michael can write as much as he likes about my book, wherever he likes. I do believe however that it’s unfair to intentionally sabotage the rating of a book that he has no knowledge of apart from a glance at a Boing Boing post and the cover.

    If either you or Michael would like a copy of the book to look over and review properly, but due to your concerns are unwilling to stump the $2.99, then contact me and I’ll happily send you a free copy.

    But apart from that, I’ll leave you to your views and retire from the conversation, unless anyone has a specific question.

  12. Dan Brown is barely literate. His writing is among the worst I’ve ever encountered. You’d think that a crucial prerequisite for becoming a bestselling author would be the ability to write competently, but Brown proves otherwise.

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