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Henryk Sienkiewicz. Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz (5 May 1846 – 15 November 1916) was a Polish journalist, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and philanthropist.

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Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz(5 May 1846 – 15 November 1916) was a Polish journalist, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and philanthropist.

  • A Polish szlachcic (noble) of the Oszyk coat of arms, he was one of the most popular Polish writers at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905 for his "outstanding merits as an epic writer."
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Sienkiewicz is best remembered for his historical novels. Many of his novels, first serialized in newspapers, are still in print.

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In Poland he is best known for "The Trilogy" of historical novels With Fire and Sword, The Deluge, and Sir Michael, set in the 17th-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; internationally he is best known for Quo Vadis, set in Nero's Rome. 

The Trilolgy and Quo Vadis have been filmedseveral times, with the 1951 version receiving the most international recognition.

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Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero,  "Quo vadisDomine" is Latin for "Where are you going, Lord?" and alludes to the apocryphal Acts of Peter, in which Peter flees Rome but on his way meets Jesus and asks him why he is going to Rome. Jesus says "I am going back to be crucified again", which makes Peter go back to Rome and accept martyrdom.

  • The novel Quo Vadis tells of a love that develops between a young Christian woman, Ligia (or Lygia), and Marcus Vinicius, a Roman patrician. It takes place in the city of Rome under the rule of emperor Nero around AD 64.
  • Sienkiewicz studied the RomanEmpire extensively prior to writing the novel, with the aim of getting historical details correct. As such, several historical figures appear in the book. As a whole, the novel carries an outspoken pro-Christian message.
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Youcan listen to theaudiobook:

QUO VADIS by Henryk Sienkiewicz Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d5rN3GiSVE

Orwatchthe film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYcxu2hxPao