The Divine Comedy 2: Purgatorio

The Divine Comedy 2: Purgatorio


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The second volume of Dante's epic, printed with the original Italian and Robin Kirkpatrick's sublime translation

Climbing out of Hell, Dante in the Purgatorio reaches an island set in the southern ocean. This is Mount Purgatory, where he encounters the penitents who heroically endure their sufferings and speak of their time on Earth. Strange and fresh at every turn, Dante's narrative evokes the mountain landscape in terms of intense physical sensation, right up to the summit. There, before rising to heaven, he enters the Earthly Paradise, where he is movingly reunited with his lost love, Beatrice. This gloriously vivid portrayal of the search for redemption transformed the traditional conception of Purgatory and affirmed the dignity of human will and compassion.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140448962
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/26/2008
Series: Divine Comedy Series
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Robin Kirkpatrick is a widely published Dante scholar. He is fellow of Robinson College and professor of Italian and English literature at Cambridge University.

Table of Contents

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 Places371
Selected Bibliography395

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"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)

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Divine Comedy 2: Purgatorio 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EvolutionIsTrue More than 1 year ago
Excellent translation with quality printing as expected from Penguin. The inclusion of the Italian text is welcome as many editions have not until recently included it on a regular basis. It is a shame that this translation has not received more attention than some such as Hollander's. Recommend this set highly.