Quo Vadis, the record-breaking international bestseller for which Henryk Sienkiewicz won the fifth Nobel Prize for Literature, is as compelling today as the moment it was written. An epic saga of love, courage, and devotion in the last days of the Roman Empire, it portrays the corruption and debauchery of Nero's rule alongside the agony and glory of early Christianity.
Written over a century ago and translated into over 40 languages, Quo Vadis has been the greatest best-selling novel in the history of literature. "Sienkiewicz wrote Quo Vadis for the entire world and the world took it to its heart," commented James Michener.
Now, in a sparkling new translation which restores the original glory and splendor of this masterpiece, W.S. Kuniczak, the most acclaimed translator of Sienkiewicz in this century, combines his special knowledge of Sienkiewicz's fiction with his own considerable talents as a American novelist.
Set at a turning point in history (A.D. 54-68), as Christianity replaces the era of corruption and gluttony that marked Nero's Rome, Quo Vadis brims with life.
About the author - Henryk Sienkiewicz was born in Poland in 1846. His works include the famous trilogy (With Fire and Sword, The Deluge and Fire in the Steppe). He traveled throughout the world, including two years spent in America, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905. Quo Vadis, originally published in Poland in 1896, was translated into more than forty languages. Sienkiewicz died in 1916.
W.S. Kuniczak is the acclaimed and much-honored translator of the Sienkiewicz Triology, and the author of his own trilogy about Poland in World War II: The Thousand Hour Day, The March and Valedictory. he resides in Pennsylvania
"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