Dante's Divine Comedy by Seymour Chwast
A Graphic Adaptation

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Chwast makes comic play with a variety of techniques to show the complex distinctions in Dante’s taxonomy of sins, and his faux-naif line brings a peculiar comic horror to Dante’s extravagant bestiary.
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The "left-handed designer," Seymour Chwast has been putting his unparalleled take-and influence-on the world of illustration and design for the last half century. In his version of Dante's Divine Comedy, Chwast's first graphic novel, Dante and his guide Virgil don fedoras and wander through noir-ish realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, finding both the wicked and the wondrous on their way.

Dante Alighieri wrote his epic poem The Divine Comedy from 1308 to 1321 while in exile from his native Florence. In the work's three parts (Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise), Dante chronicles his travels throughthe afterlife, cataloging a multitude of sinners and saints-many of them real people to whom Dante tellingly assigned either horrible punishment or indescribable pleasure-and eventually meeting both God and Lucifer face-to-face.


In his adaptation of this skewering satire, Chwast creates a visual fantasia that fascinates on every page: From the multifarious torments of the Inferno to the host of delights in Paradise, his inventive illustrations capture the delirious complexity of this classic of the Western canon.

 

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Published December 16, 2014 by Bloomsbury USA. 128 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tim Martin on Oct 18 2010

Chwast makes comic play with a variety of techniques to show the complex distinctions in Dante’s taxonomy of sins, and his faux-naif line brings a peculiar comic horror to Dante’s extravagant bestiary.

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