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Paradiso (The Divine Comedy series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Dante , Robert Hollander , Jean Hollander
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Book Description

With his journeys through Hell and Purgatory complete, Dante is at last led by his beloved Beatrice to Paradise. Where his experiences in the Inferno and Purgatorio were arduous and harrowing, this is a journey of comfort, revelation, and, above all, love-both romantic and divine. Robert Hollander is a Dante scholar of unmatched reputation and his wife, Jean, is an accomplished poet. Their verse translation with facing-page Italian combines maximum fidelity to Dante's text with the artistry necessary to reflect the original's virtuosity. They have produced the clearest, most accurate, and most readable translation of the three books of The Divine Comedy, with unsurpassable footnotes and introductions, likely to be a touchstone for generations to come.

Editorial Reviews


“A beautiful translation of the astonishing fourteenth-century poem. . . . The best on the market. . . . If you haven't read the Divine Comedy now is the time.”
The New Yorker

Paradiso . . . contains some of the most exhilarating poetry ever written. . . . Robert Hollander is one of the pre-eminent Dante scholars of our time.”
The New York Times

“For our time and for an incalculable future the Hollander translation of The Divine Comedy will be the one used by serious readers. . . . Splendid as this new translation is, the endlessly valuable notes are what make this edition supplant all others.”
National Review

“The Hollanders' version is supple and clear, a triumph.”
The Los Angeles Times

“Very likely the most enduring, both as a literary achievement and for its commentaries.”
Atlantic Montly

About the Author

Jean Hollander has taught literature and writing at Brooklyn College, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the College of New Jersey, where she was director of the Writers’ Conference for twenty-three years. She recently published her third book of poems.

Robert Hollander, her husband, taught Dante’s Divine Comedy to Princeton students for forty-two years, and is the author of a dozen books and more than seventy articles on Dante, Boccaccio, and other Italian authors. He is Professor in European Literature Emeritus at Princeton and the founding director of both the Dartmouth Dante Project and the Princeton Dante Project. He has received many awards, including the gold medal of the city of Florence and the gold florin of the Dante Society of America, in recognition of his work on Dante.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3457 KB
  • Print Length: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (July 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M2A31K
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Ian
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Whether you're reading the Comedy for the first time or you need it for a class, you can't go wrong with the Hollander edition. Each of the 3 books--Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso--includes a diagram of where Dante is going; an outline of each canto; side-by-side Italian/English translation; extensive, easy-to-read explanatory notes after each canto; and a couple of helpful indexes. These books are worth the money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent e-book edition November 2, 2013
By Gregory
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The virtues of this as a work of scholarship have been rightly praised. I would just like to offer thanks to the publishers for the care they have taken in preparing the Kindle edition. The text is laid out beautifully and one can click from Italian to English and back again with great ease, and also to the footnotes. I wish all publishers took such care with their e-books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, complete May 22, 2010
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Robert and Jean Hollander offer a complete line-by-line translation for the Inferno, Purgatorio, and the Paradisio. One page is the Italian verse and the page next to it is the exact same text translated into English. The end notes take up 3-4 pages after every canto. This is truly the best Commedia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dante, Paradiso; tr. by Robt. Hollander (Princeton) March 14, 2011
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This is the third part of the Divina Commedia.

Robert Hollander, a Princeton professor (now retired), has devoted his career to the study and teaching of Dante. His translation into English does a fine and aestheticaly pleasing job of carrying the meaning of the Italian original into the English version. The two versions are printed on facing pages in this book. Dr. Hollander's wife, Jean, has assisted him in his work on all three parts of the translation of the Commedia.

This is an excellent translation. The meaning comes through clearly. The Hollanders supply good and very thorough supporting notes throughout, canto by canto.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best all round for novice and advanced reader October 13, 2013
I have all three translation/commentaries that Robert and Jean Hollander have produced - Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso and as an Italian speaker I think they are the best I have seen to date. If I understand the division of labour (apologies if incorrect), Jean as the poet has worked to structure the best english outcome from Dante's original and what shows is a desire to stay true to his actual words and meaning and not try to emulate rhymes, rhythms etc as that's almost impossible. Robert as a lifetime Dante scholar contributes excellent notes on a near line by line basis. Each line in the Commedia has a unique identifier which has enabled over the years, commentators and scholars to discuss and argue meaning and intent with some such debates persisting to the present. As Roberto Benigni - of Tutto Dante fame and a friend of the Hollanders, says - 'Dante e duro, duro, duro' - Dante is hard, hard, hard. It's not an easy work to come to terms with and requires effort and persistence. Here the Hollander's works are an immense assistance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Formatting Masterpiece November 14, 2013
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I had a physical copy of this book, and recently bought the ebook. The digital edition is extremely well done. You can jump back and forth between English and Italian, as well as between text and notes. It's really easy to navigate! Whoever formatted it did a terrific job.
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This translation seems to focus on the personal changes in Dante (as well as Virgil) as Dante travels through the realms of the dead. In that sense it differs from the 4 or 5 other translations that I have read over the years. The notes to the text are necessary...but in this case they are also exhaustive and exhaustive. These volumes are 700 pages, mostly notes. That means for the reader who is not a professional in the area or is trying to read the text and understand the context of Dante's political world, it can actually be too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best edition I have seen in years
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