The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.
Mandelbaum’s astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of the life of the original, renders whole for us the masterpiece of that genius whom our greatest poets have recognized as a central model for all poets.
This Everyman’s edition–containing in one volume all three cantos, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso–includes an introduction by Nobel Prize—winning poet Eugenio Montale, a chronology, notes, and a bibliography. Also included are forty-two drawings selected from Botticelli's marvelous late-fifteenth-century series of illustrations.
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Even though you could entomb yourself, like the Epicureans in the sixth circle, with the huge number of available translations, you should still have a look at this one.Read Full Review of The Divine Comedy: Inferno; P... | See more reviews from Guardian
Don’t worry – I shall not be back with weekly updates. I hope I have said enough to make some readers believe that, with the help every step of the way of another consummate writer, the massive challenge of reading Dante’s Divine Comedy can be a fascinating and enligtening experience.Read Full Review of The Divine Comedy: Inferno; P...
These diagrams are well laid out and help the reader follow Dante on his journey. They are also a valuable tool for making a complex poem more accessible to readers.Read Full Review of The Divine Comedy: Inferno; P...
I mentioned that the Divine Comedy is an epic poem. Don't worry, you won't find rhyming couplets here -- it's not that kind of poem! The narrative in this version features short lines of text in blank verse-that iambic pentameter rhythm that I remember so well from other epic poems I've read.Read Full Review of The Divine Comedy: Inferno; P...
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