Dan Brown’s still cracking codes
A decade after The Da Vinci Code was declared one of the best-selling books of all time, Dan Brown tells Hannah Stephenson how his early years as a struggling writer helped him keep a sense of perspective
The library in Dan Brown’s vast New Hampshire home must look to the outsider like a tribute to his success. The octagonal room within the former hunting lodge houses a copy of every edition of each one of his novels in every language – not including his latest, Inferno – and that’s a lot of books.
The multimillionaire author, whose blockbuster thriller The
Da Vinci Code remains one of the world’s best-selling novels since records began, calls the room his “fortress of gratitude”.
The normally reclusive writer has decided to step out of the shadows to promote Inferno, inspired by the first part of Dante’s 14th-century epic poem The Divine Comedy.
The fast-paced thriller is almost as exciting as the speculation it generated when translators were holed up in a bunker in Italy for nearly two months so that the novel could be published simultaneously in 12 different languages without any of its content being revealed beforehand. “They managed to translate this book into 11 languages, published on the same day, with no leaks – that was no small feat,” says the 48-year-old author, his wispy blond hair combed neatly into place.
Inferno, which took Brown three years to write, sees the return of his hero, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks in the film adaptations of
The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. In typical page-turning style, the
Dan Brown believes his latest book, Inferno, is the darkest he has written as it deals with the complex and real-world problem of overpopulation