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Book Title: Nicolas Eymerich Inquisiteur|
The author of the book: Valerio Evangelisti
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Date of issue: November 10th 1999
ISBN 13: 9782266089067
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Pubblicato nella collana Urania nel 1994, Nicolas Eymerich, inquisitore segna l'esordio nella narrativa italiana del protagonista di una delle saghe più amate, che ormai da anni ha conquistato un pubblico di lettori ben più ampio (e per certi versi esigente) rispetto a quello dei soli appassionati di fantascienza. Basata sulla vicenda di un inquisitore catalano realmente esistito nel Trecento, la creatura di Evangelisti è un uomo intollerante e spietato, ma anche intelligente, coltissimo, dotato di spirito e coraggio, insieme privo di dubbi e tormentato, impegnato con inesauribile energia in una lotta contro culti pagani, sette demoniache e misteriose forze maligne. Le sue avventure si svolgono nel luogo che gli appartiene, l'Europa medievale popolata di cristiani, ebrei, musulmani ed eretici; ma anche in piani temporali diversi, dal nostro passato prossimo fino al futuro più remoto. Perché il Nemico di Eymerich è un'entità metafisica che ripropone attraverso i secoli un'unica, eterna sfida. Un Nemico che può subire solo sconfitte brevi e temporanee...
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Read information about the authorEvangelisti earned his degree in Political Science in 1976 with a historical-political thesis. He was born in Bologna, where he currently lives; he spends some time each year in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico, where he owns a house.
Until 1990 his career was mainly academic. He also worked for the Italian Ministero delle Finanze (Treasury Department). His first written works were historical essays, including five books and some forty articles. In 1993 his novel Nicolas Eymerich, inquisitore won the Urania Award, which was established by Urania, Italy’s main science fiction magazine, with the aim of discovering new talent in the field. Urania published other novels of the series in the following years: Le catene di Eymerich ("Eymerich’s Chains", 1995), Il corpo e il sangue di Eymerich ("Eymerich’s Body and Blood", 1996), Il mistero dell'inquisitore Eymerich ("Eymerich’s Mystery", 1996), Cherudek (1997), Picatrix, la scala per l'inferno ("Picatrix, the Stairway to Hell", 1998), Il castello di Eymerich ("Eymerich’s Castle", 2001), Mater terribilis (2002). Most of the last ones were however first published as hardcover.
Nicolas Eymerich is a real historical character, member of the order of the Dominicans and inquisitor in the Spanish Inquisition. He was born in 1320 in Girona, Catalonia, and died in 1399. Evangelisti’s interpretation of his character is a cruel, ruthless, haughty, restless man, who acts mercilessly to protect the Catholic Church against perceived menaces of natural or supernatural origin. At the same time he shows an outstanding intelligence and a deep culture in his actions. In the novels of the series he investigates the mysterious phenomena of Medieval Europe, thus subtly influencing many of the historical events of that epoch; on many occasions the solution of the riddles comes up from stories which are narrated along with the main plot, normally set in the present and in the future. Evangelisti's atmospheres are normally dark, nightmarish, haunting.
Another success of 1999, also translated in several languages, is the Magus trilogy, a romanticized biography of the famous Middle Ages prophecies writer Nostradamus. The three novels, Il presagio ("The Omen"), L’inganno ("The Deceit") and L'abisso ("The Abyss") sold 100,000 copies in Italy.
Evangelisti's novels are greatly appreciated in France (where he won several literary awards), Spain, Germany and Portugal. He is currently the director of the Carmilla magazine. In the last years he has written some works which show his love for heavy metal music, namely the short stories collection Metallo urlante (referring to the French magazine Metal Hurlant) and the novels Black Flag and Antracite: they are set during the American Civil War and feature a new character, Pantera, a palero shaman. One of his latest novels, Noi saremo tutto ("We Shall Be All"), spans several decades of the last century, exploring the life of Eddie Florio, a gangster, against the background of the history of the trade unions and the workers' battles for civil rights.
Mexico is the setting for his next two novels, Il collare di fuoco ("The Fire Collar"), which was published in November 2005 and Il collare spezzato ("The Broken Collar", October 2006). In 2007 La luce di Orione was released, the ninth title in the Eymerich series, followed in 2010 by Rex tremendae maiestatis.
Tortuga, a novel about pirates of the Caribbean, was published in 2008.
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