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

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

by Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa
     
 

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The second volume in Dante's Divine Comedy 

Beginning with Dante's liberation from Hell, Purgatory relates his ascent, accompanied by Virgil, of the Mount of Purgatory - a mountain of nine levels, formed from rock forced upwards when God threw Satan into depths of the earth. As he travels through the first seven levels, Dante observes the sinners who are

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The second volume in Dante's Divine Comedy 

Beginning with Dante's liberation from Hell, Purgatory relates his ascent, accompanied by Virgil, of the Mount of Purgatory - a mountain of nine levels, formed from rock forced upwards when God threw Satan into depths of the earth. As he travels through the first seven levels, Dante observes the sinners who are waiting for their release into Paradise, and through these encounters he is himself transformed into a stronger and better man. For it is only when he has learned from each of these levels that he can ascend to the gateway to Heaven: the Garden of Eden. The second part of one of the greatest epic poems, Purgatory is an enthralling Christian allegory of sin, redemption and ultimate enlightenment.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140444421
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1985
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
222,336
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 and belonged to a noble but impoverished family. His life was divided by political duties and poetry, the most of famous of which was inspired by his meeting with Bice Portinari, whom he called Beatrice,including La Vita Nuova and The Divine Comedy. He died in Ravenna in 1321.

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