The Divine Comedy: I. Inferno
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The Divine Comedy: I. Inferno

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This splendid verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum provides an entirely fresh experience of Dante's great poem of penance and hope. As Dante ascends the Mount of Purgatory toward the Earthly Paradise and his beloved Beatrice, through "that second kingdom in which the human soul is cleansed of sin, " all the passion and suffering, poetry and philosophy are rendered with the immediacy of a poet of our own age. With extensive notes and commentary prepared especially for this edition."The English Dante of choice."--Hugh Kenner."Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths."--Robert Fagles, Princeton University."Tough and supple, tender and violent . . . vigorous, vernacular . . . Mandelbaum's Dante will stand high among modern translations."-- "The Christian Science Monitor"show more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 136 x 200 x 24mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195004124
  • 9780195004120
  • 211,143

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Mr. Sinclair's three-volume prose translation of DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY should prove to be an invaluable source of pleasure to those English readers who would read this great medieval classic with understanding. The original Italian test and the Sinclair translation are arranged on facing pages, and the commentaries, brilliant examples of genuine literary criticism, appear after each canto.show more

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John D. Sinclair's edition for Oxford... is just about perfect. * The Observer *show more

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