The Divine Comedy: Inferno

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Penguin, Dec 1, 2002 - Poetry - 432 pages
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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
  

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Review: The Divine Comedy, Vol. 1: Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)

User Review  - Grace - Goodreads

I honestly do not know how to express what I feel about this book. I could write about how I traveled with Dante through the levels of Hell recognizing my own sin. Or I could tell about how I marveled ... Read full review

Review: The Divine Comedy, Vol. 1: Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)

User Review  - John - Goodreads

The Divine Comedy is, of course, a classic work. It is one of the most recognizable of the classics and its reputation is a very strong one. So for one, such as I, to merely label the work as being ... Read full review

Contents

Canto I
67
Canto II
79
Canto III
89
Canto IV
97
Canto V
109
Canto VI
121
Canto VII
129
Canto VIII
138
Canto XX
251
Canto XXI
260
Canto XXII
268
Canto XXIII
277
Canto XXIV
288
Canto XXV
297
I
305
Canto XXVII
315

Canto IX
147
Canto X
158
Canto XI
168
Canto XII
176
Canto XIII
186
Canto XIV
196
Canto XV
205
Canto XVI
214
Canto XVII
223
Canto XVIII
231
Canto XIX
239
Canto XXVIII
325
Canto XXIX
335
Canto XXX
343
Canto XXXI
353
Canto XXXII
362
Canto XXXIII
370
Canto XXXIV
379
Glossary and Indexed of Persons and Places
389
Selected Bibliography
429
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Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this 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) which is a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. Married to Gemma Donatic, Dante's political activism resulted in his being exiled from Florence to eventually settle in Ravenna. It is believed that The Divine Comedyócomprised of three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradisoówas written between 1308 and 1320. Dante Alighieri died in 1321.
Mark Musa is a professor at the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University. A former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, Musa is the author of a highly acclaimed translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.
Mark Musa is a professor at the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University. A former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, Musa is the author of a highly acclaimed translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.
Mark Musa is a professor at the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University. A former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, Musa is the author of a highly acclaimed translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.

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