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HELL: Dante's Divine Trilogy Part One. Decorated and Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray (Hardback)
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HELL: Dante's Divine Trilogy Part One. Decorated and Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 04/10/2018
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One of the masterpieces of world literature, completed in 1320, Dante's La Divina Commedia describes his journey through Hell, Purgatory and his eventual arrival in Heaven. In this new version of Dante's masterpiece, Alasdair Gray offers an original translation in prosaic English rhyme. Accessible, modern and sublimely decorated, this remarkable edition told in three parts yokes two great literary minds, seven hundred years apart, and brings the classic text alive for the twenty-first century.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786892539
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 303 g
Dimensions: 240 x 144 x 18 mm
Edition: Main


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Alasdair Gray has cast a spell over Dante's Hell, creating (and decorating) a verse translation that is modern, lyrical, yet faithful to the original -- GAVIN FRANCIS * * New Statesman, Best Books of 2018 * *
Powerfully conveys the appalling nature of a vision which has terrified and enthralled Western men and women down the centuries * * Times Literary Supplement * *
No other translator has made the narratives so clear or strong, and the distinctive power of the work lies in the clarity of the storytelling . . . This Hell is a magnificent feat of reimagining of one of the greatest of all human creations -- Joseph Farrell * * Herald * *
Slick, easy to read . . . Gray is rather good at catching the colloquial nature of the poem . . . An excellent primer to Dante . . . In terms of verve, vim and vigour Gray has succeeded here. It is, if such a thing can be, an "easy" Dante, and one that does capture the comedy as well as the pathos and anguish of the poem -- Stuart Kelly * * Scotsman * *
PRAISE FOR ALASDAIR GRAY: A necessary genius -- ALI SMITH
The best Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott -- ANTHONY BURGESS
Gray is a true original, a twentieth century William Blake * * Observer * *
A great writer, perhaps the greatest writer living in Britain today -- WILL SELF
One of the most gifted writers to have put pen to paper in the English language -- IRVINE WELSH
Alasdair Gray is one of the most important living writers in English * * New York Times * *

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“An Excellent translation of Dante's Inferno”

This is Alasdair Gray’s long-anticipated translation of Dante’s Inferno into what Gray describes as “prosaic English”. So, the first thing to say is that there is nothing prosaic about Gray’s English. It grabs you... More

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