The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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by Dante Alighieri, Eric Drooker
     
 

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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

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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 for the first time in a one-volume edition.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 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.

Editorial Reviews

The Times (London)
"Kirkpatrick brings a more nuanced sense of the Italian and a more mediated appreciation of the poem's construction than nearly all of his competitors."
The Guardian (London)
"We gain much from Kirkpatrick's fidelity to syntax and nuance. . . . His introduction . . . tells you, very readable indeed, pretty much all you need for a heightened appreciation of the work."
Bernard O'Donoghue
"The perfect balance of tightness and colloquialism . . . Likely to be the best modern version of Dante."
The Guardian(London)
"We gain much from Kirkpatrick's fidelity to syntax and nuance. . . . His introduction . . . tells you, very readable indeed, pretty much all you need for a heightened appreciation of the work."
From the Publisher
"The perfect balance of tightness and colloquialism . . . Likely to be the best modern version of Dante."
Bernard O'Donoghue

"Kirkpatrick brings a more nuanced sense of the Italian and a more mediated appreciation of the poem's construction than nearly all of his competitors."
The Times (London)

"We gain much from Kirkpatrick's fidelity to syntax and nuance. . . . His introduction . . . tells you, very readable indeed, pretty much all you need for a heightened appreciation of the work."
The Guardian (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143107194
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
160,094
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 2.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Bernard O'Donoghue
"The perfect balance of tightness and colloquialism . . . Likely to be the best modern version of Dante."

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) was born in Florence and is considered Italy's greatest poet. It is believed that The Divine Comedy was written between 1308 and 1320.

Robin Kirkpatrick is a professor of Italian and English literature at the University of Cambridge and has written a number of books on Dante and on the Renaissance.

Eric Drooker is an award-winning painter and graphic novelist who has illustrated dozens of covers for the New Yorker and designed the animation for the film Howl, based on the poem by Allen Ginsberg. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very deep but once you get reading you start to understand what Dante is trying to get across to you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago