The Purgatorio (John Ciardi Translation)

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In The Inferno, Dante described his journey to the depths of evil, to the recognition of the true nature of sin. In The Purgatorio, he describes his journey to the renunciation of sin, accepting his suffering in preparation for his entrance into the presence of God. This brilliant translation of Dante's soaring canticle crystallizes the power and beauty inherent in the great poet's immortal conception of the aspiring soul.

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Overview

In The Inferno, Dante described his journey to the depths of evil, to the recognition of the true nature of sin. In The Purgatorio, he describes his journey to the renunciation of sin, accepting his suffering in preparation for his entrance into the presence of God. This brilliant translation of Dante's soaring canticle crystallizes the power and beauty inherent in the great poet's immortal conception of the aspiring soul.

"Ciardi's Purgatorio more than satisfies the interest and expectation that were aroused…by his version of Inferno. The clean force of the original comes through with astonishing success. [He] has given us…a credible, passionate persona of the poet, stripped of the customary gauds of rhetoric and false decoration, strong and noble in utterance."—Dudley Fitts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451528025
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/10/2001
  • Series: Signet Classics Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri was considered Italy's greatest poet. He is the author of the three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso, along with La Vita Nuova. He died in 1321.

John Ciardi was a distinguished poet and professor, having taught at Harvard and Rutgers universities, and is a poetry editor of The Saturday Review. He was a winner of the Harriet Monroe Memorial Award and the Prix de Rome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    Dante is a genius

    This portion of Dante's incredible journey is amazing. The translator did a fantastic job capturing Dante's intensity!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    Super 100% A+ Home run Excellent Book. Wow!

    This is a great book. The Divine Comedy is the greatest Christain allegory of all time.All the books changed my life. THis one talks about the souls of the dead gathering in an Italian marsh. The soul of the Damned sink into the marsh and decend into Hell. The souls selected worthy for Purgatory are brought there in a boat piloted by an angel and brought to the foot of Mount Purgatory.It is a good book. It explains alot.

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