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ISBN13: 9780811842136
ISBN10: 0811842134
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A faithful yet totally original contemporary spin on a classic, Dante's Inferno as interpreted by acclaimed artist Sandow Birk and writer Marcus Sanders is a journey through a Hell that bears an eerie semblance to our own world. Birk, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of "realism's edgier, more visionary painters," offers extraordinarily nuanced and vivid illustrations inspired by Gustave Dore's famous engravings. This modern interpretation depicts an infernal landscape infested with mini-malls, fast food restaurants, ATMs, and other urban fixtures, and a text that cleverly incorporates urban slang and references to modern events and people (as Dante did in his own time). Previously published in a deluxe, fine-press edition to wide praise, and accompanied by national exhibitions, this striking paperback edition of Dante's Inferno is a genuinely provocative and insightful adaptation for a new generation of readers.

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"[Birk and Sanders's] sophisticated Valley-speak ('the ghosts approached us, all totally deadpan, with zero emotion') may not be for everyone, but it is in synch with Dante's vernacular masterpiece." Publishers Weekly

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"[Birk and Sanders] offer a modern twist on Dante's poem by updating the illustrations and settings to the current slices of hell we experience everyday....Perhaps a bit way out for some but pretty cool nonetheless." Library Journal

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This modern adaptation is for fans of the traditional translations and a new generation alike.

About the Author

Sandow Birk is a recipient of both Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships. His work has been exhibited widely and published in several books. He lives in Long Beach, California. Marcus Sanders is a contributing editor for Surfing and Surfline, and has written for numerous travel and surfing magazines. Born and raised in Canada, he lives in San Francisco.

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Craig Ensz, May 20, 2013 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
A modern take on a timeless classic. Aerie and captivating at the same time. Our world on the blue print of Dante is chilling and eye opening.
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jessica glass, May 11, 2008 (view all comments by jessica glass)
This is a hip, modern, easy-to-read translation. It’s as easy to understand as the “No Fear Shakespeare” translations. In other words you’ll understand this translation without having to refer to any notes or study guides. It’s as clear as a bell, as easy to read as Hemingway or, for that matter, your morning newspaper. Plus it adds some funny contemporary references to make up for all those old-fashioned outdated references Dante slipped into his poem. I’m a Dante aficionado and have read almost every translation and also the original Italian, and, in my opinion, this is the best English translation. Not that I don’t love the John Ciardi translation (I do; it’s terrific.), but this baby tops them all for clarity and concision. This is a hot (pun intended) translation! A winner on all counts. You won’t be disappointed.
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guydick, May 10, 2007 (view all comments by guydick)
I have not read this book but I am very interested in reading it. I loved the translated version of the Divine Comedy and have become rather obsessed with the story. I have been working on writing my own version of this story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811842136
Adapted by:
Birk, Sandow
Adapted by:
Birk, Sandow
Illustrator:
Birk, Sandow
Author:
Chronicle Books
Adapted:
Birk, Sandow
Illustrated by:
Sanders, Marcus
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Hell
Subject:
Dante Alighieri
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
11.00x7.57x.99 in. 2.08 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Chronicle Books - English 9780811842136 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Birk and Sanders's] sophisticated Valley-speak ('the ghosts approached us, all totally deadpan, with zero emotion') may not be for everyone, but it is in synch with Dante's vernacular masterpiece."
"Review" by , "[Birk and Sanders] offer a modern twist on Dante's poem by updating the illustrations and settings to the current slices of hell we experience everyday....Perhaps a bit way out for some but pretty cool nonetheless."
"Synopsis" by , This modern adaptation is for fans of the traditional translations and a new generation alike.
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