Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Heuston, Kimberley. Dante's daughter

Heuston, Kimberley. Dante's daughter. Front Street, 2003 [1-886910-97-9]

Here we have a piece of historical fiction taking place in Italy during the 14th century. The story is centered around Dante's daughter (of which little is known.) The reader learns of life during these early times of the Italian city-states. We see Florence attacked several times. Dante has to flee frequently because of his outspoken political views. Once he takes his daughter to Paris for several years. We learn the ups and downs of the Dante family and what it took out of him to write his major works. This 302 page book is not only a work of historical fiction about a period and place I knew little, but also the tale of the artistic process (both literature and painting.)


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