La Divina Commedia by Dante Alighieri
(Italian Edition)

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Al centro esatto della nostra cultura si trova La Divina Commedia. Un capolavoro in tre cantiche – Inferno, Purgatorio e Paradiso – unanimemente considerate tra le più straordinarie creazioni della storia dell’umanità. Giunto a metà della propria esistenza, un uomo ottiene di poter visitare da vivo l’Aldilà: questo è lo spunto, semplice e geniale, da cui prende forma l’affresco di Dante. La sua rappresentazione di cielo e terra si ispira ai modi caratteristici della letteratura e dello stile medievali ma si rivela allo stesso tempo profondamente rivoluzionaria. Una percezione nuova e disincantata della Storia in un racconto che abbraccia il corso dei secoli, testimoniando di una profonda comprensione della realtà umana. Un’immensa architettura, una cattedrale di versi edificata per raccontare il nobile e l’ignobile di ogni creatura, la vittoria e la sconfitta, il dramma e la tenerezza. Il viaggio ultraterreno di Dante è la perfetta metafora di ogni avventura umana, sempre in bilico tra magnificenza e miseria, tra smarrimento e redenzione.
 

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Born Dante Alighieri in the spring of 1265 in Florence, Italy, he was known familiarly as Dante. His family was noble, but not wealthy, and Dante received the education accorded to gentlemen, studying poetry, philosophy, and theology. His first major work was Il Vita Nuova, The New Life. This brief collection of 31 poems, held together by a narrative sequence, celebrates the virtue and honor of Beatrice, Dante's ideal of beauty and purity. Beatrice was modeled after Bice di Folco Portinari, a beautiful woman Dante had met when he was nine years old and had worshipped from afar in spite of his own arranged marriage to Gemma Donati. Il Vita Nuova has a secure place in literary history: its vernacular language and mix of poetry with prose were new; and it serves as an introduction to Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, in which Beatrice figures prominently. The Divine Comedy is Dante's vision of the afterlife, broken into a trilogy of the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Dante is given a guided tour of hell and purgatory by Virgil, the pagan Roman poet whom Dante greatly admired and imitated, and of heaven by Beatrice. The Inferno shows the souls who have been condemned to eternal torment, and included here are not only mythical and historical evil-doers, but Dante's enemies. The Purgatory reveals how souls who are not irreversibly sinful learn to be good through a spiritual purification. And The Paradise depicts further development of the just as they approach God. The Divine Comedy has been influential from Dante's day into modern times. The poem has endured not just because of its beauty and significance, but also because of its richness and piety as well as its occasionally humorous and vulgar treatment of the afterlife. In addition to his writing, Dante was active in politics. In 1302, after two years as a priore, or governor of Florence, he was exiled because of his support for the white guelfi, a moderate political party of which he was a member. After extensive travels, he stayed in Ravenna in 1319, completing The Divine Comedy there, until his death in 1321.
 
Published May 13, 2010 by Scrivere. 409 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality, History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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