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Quo Vadis
Written nearly a century ago and translated into over 40 languages, Quo Vadis has been a monumental work in the history of literature. W.S. Kuniczak, the foremost Polish American novelist and master translator of Sienkiewicz in this century, presents a mo


 
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Written nearly a century ago and translated into over 40 languages, Quo Vadis has been a monumental work in the history of literature. W.S. Kuniczak, the foremost Polish American novelist and master translator of Sienkiewicz in this century, presents a modern translation of the world's greatest bestseller since 1905. An epic story of love and devotion in Nero's time, Quo Vadis remains without equal a sweeping saga set during the degenerate days leading to the fall of the Roman empire and the glory and agony of early Christianity. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Set at a turning point in history (A.D. 54-68), as Christianity replaces the era of corruption and immorality that marked Nero's Rome, Quo Vadis abounds with compelling characters, including:
Vinicius, the proud centurion who has fallen deeply in love with a mysterious young woman who disappears the night they meet;
Ligia, the elusive beauty.  Vinicius will not easily win her love, for she is a Christian, one of the group of dedicated believers led by the apostle Peter. Christians are rare in pagan, hedonistic Rome, and suffer great persecution;
Petronius, uncle to Vinicius, an elegant witty courtier who scoffs at love and religion but finds his nephew's passion charming; and Nero himself, enemy of all Christians, a despotic emperor who plunges Rome deeper and deeper into depravity.  The decadance of his banquets is staggering; and even worse, his mad laughter is heard echoing in the amphitheatre as gladiators dual to the death.  As Nero's apalling plans for the Christians become ever clearer, time appears to be running out for the young lovers.  Vinicius must come to understand the true meaning of Ligia's religion before it is too late.
This glorious saga unfolds against the backdrop of ancient Rome - from the Forum to the Coliseum, from banquet halls to summer retreats in Naples, from the luxurious houses of the nobility to the hovels of the poor, Quo Vadis richly depicts a place and time now so captivating to the modern imagination.
Beloved by children and adults the world over, Quo Vadis has been the subject of five films, two of them in English.
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  • Softcover
  • 579 pages
  • Size 6" x 9" - 15cm x 23cm


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