The Divine Comedy: Inferno v. 1

The Divine Comedy: Inferno v. 1

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Dante Alighieri, Introduction by Mark Musa, Translated by Mark Musa

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 180mm x 20mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 27 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0142437220
  • ISBN 13: 9780142437223
  • Sales rank: 20,798

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This vigorous and swift blank verse rendition of the poet's journey through the circles of Hell re-creates for the modern reader the rich meanings that the poem had for Dante's contemporaries.

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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. Mark Musa is Distinguished Professor of French and Italian at the Center for Italian Studies, Indiana University.

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"Musa operates on the principle that a translator's first duty is to render the original text as exactly as possible without compromising the literary quality of the work.... [This is] the best English-language version of the Inferno currently available." --Library Journal