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Dante Alighieri wrote his epic poem The Divine Comedy from 1308 to 1321 while in exile from his native Florence. In the work's three parts (Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise), Dante chronicles his travels through the afterlife, cataloging a multitude of sinners and saints—many of them real people to whom Dante tellingly assigned either horrible punishment or indescribable pleasure—and eventually meeting both God and Lucifer face-to-face.
In his adaptation of this skewering satire, Chwast creates a visual fantasia that fascinates on every page: From the multifarious torments of the Inferno to the host of delights in Paradise, his inventive illustrations capture the delirious complexity of this classic of the Western canon.
A Look Inside Dante's Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation
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I don't think I can predict how you will receive this book no matter how hard I try!
The illustrations were good, but I wasn't looking for a book with just pictures; I was looking for a graphic novel that did justice to "Purgatorio."
Dante's Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation by Seymour Chwast is a brilliant and fun adaptation of the Dante classic.
Very funny and informative adaptation of Dante's work. Good for adults looking for a humorous revisit or to expose teens to the story. Recommended.Published 1 month ago by James
No poetry here; very spare descriptions. The drawings are provocative and poignant, yet not too violent. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul
There are historical etchings and plates that have been published and republished that give insight into what Dante was writing about-- but this graphic novel is for the modern... Read morePublished 18 months ago by trymahjong
I would have imagined a graphic adaptation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be a bit more vibrant and striking, however this adaptation was interesting and enjoyable.Published 22 months ago by Ohwoahit'sme
Once again, Dante's Hell literary masterpiece is being distorted, mainly by forcing this classical to the present time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Fair Game
I think that when discussing this book a disclaimer should be made - this is a graphical adaption of Dante's Inferno as seen by Seymour Chwast. This is not like Cliff Notes. Read morePublished 23 months ago by FoodPornDirector
THE DIVINE COMEDY is already half-way to being a catalog -- a long listing of sins and sinners (with a much shorter list of virtues and the virtuous) matched to their punishments,... Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by Andrew C Wheeler
I simply see no reason for a book such as this to exist. The illustrations were good, but I wasn't looking for a book with just pictures; I was looking for a graphic novel that... Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by David Milliern