Inferno: Translated by Steve Ellis

Inferno: Translated by Steve Ellis

by Dante Alighieri
     
 

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This story begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year of our Lord 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense re-creation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.

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This story begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year of our Lord 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense re-creation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.

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   • "Energetic, racy, rude and lyrical...buy this translation and spend a damn good season in hell." —Independent 

   • "A tour de force, alive, immediate, energetic and very moving." —A.S. Byatt 

   • "Excellent. Dante's vision vibrates again in all its original colour.The effect is dazzling." —Independent on Sunday

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099511977
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Series:
Vintage Classics
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,163,116
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

DANTE ALIGHIERI was born in Florence in 1265. When he was nine years old he met Bice Portinari, the Beatrice who inspires both his first work, La Vita Nuova and The Divine Comedy. Beatrice died in 1290. He had at least three children with his wife Gemma di Manetto Donati. His involvement in politics in Florence led to his exile in 1302 and he eventually settled in Ravenna where he died in 1321.

STEVE ELLIS, Professor in English at the University of Birmingham, was born and brought up in York, and studied in Florence as part of his doctorate for London University. His frustration as a student with existing translations of Dante spurred a long-lasting desire to translate it himself. His critical works include Dante and English Poetry: Shelley to T.S. Eliot and a study of Eliot's Four Quartets. A major Gregory Award winner, he has also published two books of poetry, Home and Away and West Pathway.

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