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Quo Vadis Hardcover – September, 1993
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Historical novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, published in Polish under its Latin title in 1896. The title means "where are you going?" and alludes to a New Testament verse (John 13:36). The popular novel was widely translated. Set in ancient Rome during the reign of the emperor Nero, Quo Vadis? tells the story of the love that develops between a young Christian woman and a Roman officer who, after meeting her fellow Christians, converts to her religion. Underlying their relationship is the contrast between the worldly opulence of the Roman aristocracy and the poverty, simplicity, and spiritual power of the Christians. The novel has as a subtext the persecution and political subjugation of Poland by Russia. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Polish
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The problem with the Kindle version is that it was badly scanned in OCR that produced many typos. Also, this is an older translation with a lot of "thees" and "thous" and period references that don't translate well. There are better translations out there. Still, even the Kindle version is well worth reading.
Once finished with this wonderful book, you should absolutely find and read Sienkiewicz's opus magnum, the Trilogy (With Fire and Sword, The Deluge, and Fire in the Steppe). These hard to find masterpieces are legendary in the native Poland but little read in the US, but anyone who appreciate great writing, and especially historical fiction, will be tremendously rewarded for making the effort to find and read them, as long as you make sure to find the translation by W.S. Kuniczak, as earlier English translations simply don't do justice to the original.
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Made into a Hollywood Movie.