"To see the snow", was the reason given for one break by Mr Morais, the Brazilian, because he had never seen snow before.
Mahomet shows his entrails to Dante and Virgil while on the left stands his son Ali, his head cleft from chin to forelock.An entry on Amazon describes Inferno as Brown's "highest-stakes novel to date". "Drawing from Dante's dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . If I did I'd have to shoot you." The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.The plot is summarised: "In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centred on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?Each was given an alibi and cover story, to offer to anyone who showed too much curiosity about what they were doing all day down in the bunker. Carole Del Port, another French translator, said: "The time outside the bunker was essentially reduced to nothing – lunch, dinner at a very late hour (we were mentally exhausted) and sleep.They worked such long hours, for seven days a week, that they saw almost nothing of Milan and could not wait to get home to their families. "But it was a unique, fantastic experience – a rare opportunity to work in a group for weeks and to experience total immersion in the world of Dan Brown." Fabiano Morais, a Brazilian translator, said: "I have to say, not being able to use the internet on the computer on which I was working was a bit strange, especially at the start, but then I got used to it." Annamaria Raffo's task was to translate the book from English into Italian.Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.
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Several famous (and not-so-famous) artists have created their own illustrations of this scene.
In each drawing, Mohammed is the one with his torso slit open.
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After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried.
Political correctness has progressed so far that in March, 2006 when the Italian magazine Studi Cattolici published this very mild version of the scene -- that doesn't even depict Mohammed -- the editor was compelled to issue an apologetic explanation, and the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei (which is connected to the magazine) issued a statement distancing themselves from the cartoon.