Works near completion or ready for publication
- Under Dante’s Shadow: Boccaccio, Chaucer, and the Alternative Tradition is a critical study of Catholicism’s poeta divino, largely from the perspective of minor and major fellow poets who disagreed with or parodied his works, as in Cecco d’Ascoli’s L’Acerba, Boccaccio’s Amorous Vision, and Chaucer’s Book of Fame.
- In Search of Dante: Gemma and Boccaccio is about Italy’s sommo poeta, his wife Gemma, and his first biographer, poet, and author of the world-famous Decameron. Like Faas’ previous “historical novels” (Woyzeck’s Head and Mengele’s Friend?), it is painstakingly researched, particularly in its use of medieval historical and other documents.
- Terrorists is another historical novel featuring Marx, Engels, Mikhail Bakunin, and other nineteenth-century revolutionaries, focusing on the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune.
- Colón · Aguilar · Cortés takes the form of a fictional autobiography by Cortés’ Maya language interpreter Gerónimo de Aguilar, here also featured as a companion to Columbus’ fourth voyage. Otherwise, this novel carefully follows the era’s original writings by way of invoking major events and dramatis personae involved in the discovery of the Americas and the conquest of Moctezuma’s Mexico.
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