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The Divine Comedy: Inferno (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 27/02/2003
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An acclaimed translation of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno that retains all the style, power and meaning of the original, this Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Italian with an introduction by Mark Musa. This vigorous translation of Inferno preserves Dante's simple, natural style, and captures the swift movement of the original Italian verse. Mark Musa's blank verse rendition of the poet's journey through the circles of hell recreates for the modern reader the rich meanings that Dante's poem had for his contemporaries. Musa's introduction and commentaries on each of the cantos brilliantly illuminate the text. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), scion of a Florentine family, mastered in the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work is La Vita Nuova (1292) an exercise in sonnet form constructed as a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. It is believed that The Divine Comedy - comprised of three canticles, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso - was written between 1308 and 1320. If you enjoyed the Inferno you might like Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Musa operates on the principle that a translator's first duty is to render the original text as exactly as possible without compromising the literary quality of the work ... [This is] the best English-language version of the Inferno currently available' Library Journal

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780142437223
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 199 x 136 x 19 mm

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“The Divine Comedy”

THE DIVINE POETWith Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri forms the diptych of the greatest literary figures ever to grace humanity. T.S. Eliot said: "Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them, there is... More

Paperback edition
9th June 2008
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“Definate must”

Really nicely made book, loads of original pictures, great artwork, classic piece of literature. Very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend. Translated well into english

Leather / fine binding edition
26th October 2013
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“Thoroughly recommended”

I bought this as a gift and the recipient was delighted. The actual book is absolutely beautiful, with some wonderful illustrations. Obviously the literature speaks for itself - a real classic. Highly recommended!

Leather / fine binding edition
13th January 2014
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