The Divine Comedy, Volume 2: Purgatory (Musa Translation)

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In the second volume of his definitive translation of The Divine Comedy, Mark Musa again brings his poetic sensitivity and skill as a translator and annotator to the difficult task of making Dante’s masterpiece vital for English-speaking readers.

In Purgatory, Dante deals with the origins of sin as he struggles up the terraces of Mount Purgatory on his arduous journey towards God. In Musa’s fine idiomatic translation - complete with prose introductions, bibliography ...

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Overview

In the second volume of his definitive translation of The Divine Comedy, Mark Musa again brings his poetic sensitivity and skill as a translator and annotator to the difficult task of making Dante’s masterpiece vital for English-speaking readers.

In Purgatory, Dante deals with the origins of sin as he struggles up the terraces of Mount Purgatory on his arduous journey towards God. In Musa’s fine idiomatic translation - complete with prose introductions, bibliography and glossary - Dante comes alive as the universal poet - sublime, grim, intellectual, simple, humorous, tender and ecstatic.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

London Review of Books
A superlatively readable new translation.
Los Angeles Times
It moves one to virtual awe…The language itself becomes, as it should, a religious experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140444421
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1985
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 184,964
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered in the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work is La Vita Nuova (1292) which is a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. Married to Gemma Donatic, Dante's political activism resulted in his being exiled from Florence to eventually settle in Ravenna. It is believed that The Divine Comedy—comprised of three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso—was written between 1308 and 1320. Dante Alighieri died in 1321.

Mark Musa is a professor at the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University. A former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, Musa is the author of a highly acclaimed translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Abbreviations xxv
Canto I1
Canto II17
Canto III29
Canto IV40
Canto V49
Canto VI57
Canto VII69
Canto VIII82
Canto IX96
Canto X108
Canto XI118
Canto XII128
Canto XIII138
Canto XIV149
Canto XV161
Canto XVI171
Canto XVII181
Canto XVIII191
Canto XIX202
Canto XX214
Canto XXI228
Canto XXII236
Canto XXIII249
Canto XXIV257
Canto XXV269
Canto XXVI279
Canto XXVII290
Canto XXVIII300
Canto XXIX309
Canto XXX321
Canto XXXI330
Canto XXXII343
Canto XXXIII358
Glossary and Index of Persons and Places 371
Selected Bibliography 395
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