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Dan Brown has written a new adventure with Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist who has appeared in his hit novels Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. The book is titled Inferno and will be released on May 14.
According to The New York Times, publisher Doubleday and Brown used a social media campaign to reveal the title with the help of his fans. They were asked to work on a digital mosaic to put the pieces together at his website and his Facebook page. The title was revealed early this morning, with Brown thanking his fans for “helping to bring order to the chaos!”
The BBC reports that Brown was influenced by Dante’s classic of the same name. In it, Langdon will be drawn to “a harrowing world centred on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces,” according to the publisher.
“Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world,” Brown said in a statement. “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.”
This is Brown’s first novel since 2009’s The Lost Symbol, which also featured Langdon.
Both Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code were turned into films, with Tom Hanks playing Langdon. A film based on The Lost Symbol, with Hanks returning to the role, is still in the works.