Inferno: The Divine Comedy I

Inferno: The Divine Comedy I

Hardback Divine Comedy (Penguin Hardcover) Language: English / Italian

By (author) Dante Alighieri, Edited by Robin Kirkpatrick, Translated by Robin Kirkpatrick

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Hardback | 576 pages
  • Language: English / Italian
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 204mm x 36mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 28 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141195878
  • ISBN 13: 9780141195872
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 21,756

Product description

Part of "Penguin's" beautiful hardback "Clothbound Classics" series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Describing Dante's descent into Hell midway through his life with Virgil as a guide, "Inferno" depicts a cruel underworld in which desperate figures are condemned to eternal damnation for committing one or more of seven deadly sins. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonising torture, Dante encounters doomed souls including the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicide Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit. Led by leering demons, the poet must ultimately journey with Virgil to the deepest level of all. For it is only by encountering Satan, in the heart of Hell, that he can truly understand the tragedy of sin.

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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.

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