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The novel Quo Vadis tells of a love that develops between a young Christian woman, Lygia and Marcus Vinicius, a Roman patrician. It takes place in the city of Rome under the rule of emperor Nero, circa AD 64. The author gives us pictures of the conflict of moral ideas within the Roman Empire,—a conflict from which Christianity issued as the leading force in history. Published in 1895, the novel has since been translated into more than 50 languages which contributed to Sienkiewicz's Nobel Prize for literature in 1905.

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Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz (1846 - 1916) was a Polish journalist, novelist and the Nobel Prize laureate. He is best remembered for his historical novels, especially for his internationally known best-seller Quo Vadis (1896). Born into an impoverished Polish noble family in Russian-ruled Congress Poland, in the late 1860s Sienkiewicz began publishing journalistic and literary pieces. In the late 1870s he traveled to the United States, sending back travel essays that won him popularity with Polish readers. In the 1880s he began serializing novels that further increased his popularity. He soon became one of the most popular Polish writers at the turn of the 20th century and numerous translations gained him international renown, culminating in his receipt of the 1905 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "outstanding merits as an epic writer." -Wikipedia

Jeremiah Curtin (6 September 1835 - 14 December 1906) was an American translator and folklorist. Harold B. Segel writes about Curtin's translations of works by Henryk Sienkiewicz: . . . Curtin was an indefatigable, diligent, and reasonably accurate translator, but he lacked any real feeling for language. Despite occasional lapses, the translations are acceptably faithful to the original, yet much of the time they are stilted and pedestrian. This results, at times, as [the American translator Nathan Haskell Dole had remarked [in 1895], from the location of the adverb in final position (even when this is not the Polish word order).[...] The "inelasticity" [that the Briton, Sir Edmund William Gosse spoke of [in 1897] is perhaps nowhere so clearly evident in Curtin's translations as in his insistence on rendering koniecznie as "absolutely" in all circumstances. --Wikipedia

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An epic saga of love, courage and devotion in Nero's time, 'Quo Vadis' portrays the degenerate days leading to the fall of the Roman empire and the glory and the agony of early Christianity.

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