Divine Comedy: The Divine Comedy Inferno v. 1
This vigorous translation of Inferno preserves Dante's simple, natural style, and captures the swift movement of the original Italian verse. Mark Musa's blank verse rendition of the poet's journey through the circles of hell recreates for the modern reader the rich meanings that Dante's poem had for his contemporaries. Musa's introduction and commentaries on each of the cantos brilliantly illuminate the text.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), 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) an exercise in sonnet form constructed as a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. It is believed that The Divine Comedy - comprised of three canticles, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso - was written between 1308 and 1320.
If you enjoyed the Inferno you might like Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron, also available in Penguin Classics.
'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'
- Paperback | 432 pages
- 128 x 192 x 22mm | 258.55g
- 27 Feb 2003
- Penguin Books Ltd
- PENGUIN CLASSICS
- London, United Kingdom
- 2 ed
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About Dante Alighieri
Mark Musa is Distinguished Professor of French and Italian at the Center for Italian Studies, Indiana University.