At the pinnacle of a grand and prolific career, W. S. Merwin has given us a shimmering new verse translation of the central section of Dante's Divine Comedy -- the Purgatorio.
Led by Virgil, inspired by his love for Beatrice, Dante makes the arduous journey up the Mountain of Purgatory, where souls are cleansed to prepare them for the ultimate ascent to heaven. Presented with the original Italian text, and with Merwin's notes and commentary, this luminous new interpretation of Dante's great poem of sin, repentance, and salvation is a profoundly moving work of art and the definitive translation for our time.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Purgatorio: A New Verse Translation (The Divine Comedy #2)User Review - Gary Patella - Goodreads
I loved the Inferno when I read it a few years ago. I knew I would have to continue at some point, so I picked up Purgatorio waiting for more excitement. Here is the thing I had to understand: If ... Read full review
Review: The Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy #2)User Review - Faust Alexander - Goodreads
this is my favorite story ever. purgatory is just as wonderfully painted as inferno was. Read full review