The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy: Inferno

Fiction & Poetry, Poetry
Paperback Published on: 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: 280g
  • Dimensions: 195 x 126 x 19 mm

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The Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy: Inferno v. 1
THE DIVINE POETWith Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri forms the diptych of the greatest literary figures ever to grace humanity. T.S. Eliot said: "Dante and Sha... READ MORE
Smintheus Fellin
The Divine Comedy
A guided tour of Hell
Dante the poet's tale of Dante the pilgrims journey through Hell with his guide Virgil. Often vivid, occasionally "amusing" accounts of the various regions... READ MORE
Rod Whiting
The Divine Comedy
Very interesting read with great translation and notes
Inferno is surprisingly easy to read, the characters are engaging and Dante's use of description throughout the text is incredibly vivid, with Mark Musa's ... READ MORE