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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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“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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140444421
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1985
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 140,286
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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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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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