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The Divine Comedy Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso



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Author: Alighieri, Dante
ISBN: 9780141197494
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2012
Pages: 736
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm x 31mm
Format: Paperback / softback

Robin Kirkpatrick’s masterful verse translation of The Divine Comedy, tracing Dante’s journey from Hell to Purgatory and finally Paradise, is published here for the first time in a single volume. The volume includes a new introduction, notes, maps and diagrams, and is the ideal edition for students as well as the general reader who is coming to the great masterpiece of Italian literature for the first time. The Divine Comedydescribes Dante’s descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice; and finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire and enlightenment, the poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption. ‘The perfect balance of tightness and colloquialism… likely to be the best modern version of Dante’ – Bernard O’Donoghue’The most moving lines literature has achieved’ – Jorge Luis Borges’This version is the first to bring together poetry and scholarship in the very body of the translation – a deeply-informed version of Dante that is also a pleasure to read’ – Professor David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania