The Divine Comedy: The Unabridged Classic

The Divine Comedy: The Unabridged Classic

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by Dante Alighieri
     
 

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Dante’s Divine Comedy relates the allegorical tale of the poet’s journey through the three realms of the dead. Accompanied through the Inferno and Purgatory by Virgil--author of the Roman epic the Aeniad--Dante encounters mythical, historical, and contemporaneous figures in their respective afterlives. Relying on classical (pagan) mythology…  See more details below

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Dante’s Divine Comedy relates the allegorical tale of the poet’s journey through the three realms of the dead. Accompanied through the Inferno and Purgatory by Virgil--author of the Roman epic the Aeniad--Dante encounters mythical, historical, and contemporaneous figures in their respective afterlives. Relying on classical (pagan) mythology and Christian imagery and theology, Dante imagines diverse vivid and inventive punishments for the various sinners he encounters, which have become part of the Western imagination.
 
Upon their approach to Paradise, which as a pagan, no matter how worthy, the Latin poet cannot enter, Virgil relinquishes his role as guide to Beatrice. Dante's chaste beloved then accompanies him along the ascent, as they encounter the blessed and the holy, and Dante arrives at a vision of the heavenly paradise.

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“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner

“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University

“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307823731
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Series:
Vintage Classics
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
803,277
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

DAnte Alighieri was born in 1265 and died in 1321.

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The Divine Comedy: The Carlyle-Okey-Wicksteed Translation 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
noel_bagwell More than 1 year ago
The Divine Comedy is a classic among classics. Dante Alighieri's imaginative work provides the modern reader (or, in this case, listener) with a vivid tour of hell, purgatory and heaven. Whether or not you are a religious person, the lessons about what is and is not good, and the distinctions between various kinds of acts with regard to their moral nature, are intriguing, thought-provoking and still very relevant to the ethical issues of today. Whether you're looking for something insightful to read, or if you just want to educate yourself by reading (or rereading) a classic you may or may not have read in school, The Divine Comedy is an excellent book for any reader of intermediate to advanced reading ability.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Books like this are the kinds of books that make people truly realize writing as an undeniable form of art. Dante's 'Divine Comedy' is borderline flawless. He conveys most everything he wants to convey with intensity and a clarity that has yet to be rivaled, let alone matched. Whilst the book is indeed hard to begin because of the style of writing, once you get beyond that, you, the reader, are in for a true intellectual experience.
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BDogPound More than 1 year ago
This story is nothing more than one man trying to justify tearing apart others lives and the choices they make that he personally does not agree. While giving his own sins lighter punishments & less hellish placement in the inferno. Many of his characters were still alive at the time he wrote this which is evidenced by the fact that after its publication Dante was panished from his home.
The producer of this CD version "Blackstone Audio" is highly flawed. Several of audio CD's had no information on them - they are blank. Others were covered in a sticky glue that had to be cleaned before they would play. If you must have this for a class order a version from a different company!