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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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
ISBN: 9781786892539
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 292 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

Both a lively rendition of Dante and a window onto Mr Gray's own remarkable career . . . Fans of Gray's writing will find in this translation many treasures. Admirers of Dante will find a sharp playful interpretation that is not showy in its oddities, but honours the imaginative power of the original - Wall Street Journal

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

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“An Excellent translation of Dante's Inferno”

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