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The Divine Comedy I: Inferno (Penguin Classics)by Dante Alighieri
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The first volume of Dante's epic, printed with the original Italian and Robin Kirkpatrick's sublime translation
The most famous of the three canticles that comprise The Divine Comedy, Inferno describes Dante's descent in Hell midway through his life with Virgil as a guide. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonizing torture, Dante encounters doomed souls that include the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicidal Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit. Led by leering demons, Dante must ultimately journey with Virgil to the deepest level of all-for it is only by encountering Satan himself, in the heart of Hell, that he can truly understand the tragedy of sin. Robin Kirkpatrick's new tranlation pays exceptional attention to the originality and force of Dante's narrative. Printed in English with facing pages in Dante's Italian, this edition also offers an introduction, along with commentaries and notes on each Canto by the translator, which identify the historical, cultural, and philosophical issues behind the poem.
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
A stunning 3-in-1 deluxe edition of one of the great works of Western literature
An epic masterpiece and a foundational work of the Western canon, The Divine Comedy describes Dante's descent into Hell with Virgil as his guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and reunion with his dead love, Beatrice; and, finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire, and enlightenment and furnished with semiautobiographical details, Dante's poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption. This acclaimed blank verse translation is published here in a one-volume edition in Penguin Classics' black-spine dress.
Read the original Inferno and search for the secrets to Dan Browns Inferno!
In the highly anticipated new novel by bestselling author Dan Brown, the Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of historys most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dantes Inferno. The most famous of the three canticles that comprise The Divine Comedy, Inferno describes Dantes descent into Hell with Virgil as his guide. Robin Kirkpatricks brilliant translation—likely to be the best modern version” (Bernard ODonoghue)—is the perfect companion to Dan Browns Inferno for readers looking to unlock its secrets.
About the Author
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) wrote The Divine Comedy, it is believed, between 1308 and 1320.
Robin Kirkpatrick is a widely published Dante scholar. He is fellow of Robinson College and professor of Italian and English literature at Cambridge University.
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