Dan Brown’s book cover reveal: It’s ‘Da Vinci Code'-y!

The covers of Dan Brown's forthcoming novel, "Inferno," and his blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code."
(Random House)

The cover design of Dan Brown’s forthcoming novel, “Inferno,” was revealed Wednesday. It pretty clearly resembles his mega-huge bestselling hit, “The Da Vinci Code,” which introduced readers to Brown’s hero, renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon.

Both covers have gold text; both are in all caps. Both appear to have a tear in the cover paper, revealing something underneath. And that something is classic and recognizable: On “The Da Vinci Code,” it’s the Mona Lisa; on “Inferno,” it’s the dour-ish profile of Dante.


Although Dante Aligheri, an Italian poet who died in the 14th century, is probably just a wee bit less recognizable than Da Vinci’s famous painting.

It’s Dante’s famous work “Inferno” that is at the center of Brown’s latest novel. Robert Langdon travels to Florence to pursue a mystery that will, I’m guessing, lead him into danger.

“Although I studied Dante’s ‘Inferno’ as a student, it wasn’t until recently, while researching in Florence, 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.”

If you look closely at the cover of Brown’s “Inferno,” you’ll see it also includes a view of Florence and the traces of Dante’s nine circles of Hell.



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