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Product Details

  • Series: Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195087453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195087451
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 2.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This new edition of Inferno is distinctly user-friendly....Serious students-in or out of the classroom-who...examine the original poem alongside a readable and reliable prose translation will find this edition excellently suited to their needs.'

-The Christian Science Monitor


'A useful volume for students and first-time visitors to Dante's cosmos.'-

Publishers Weekly


'In this new translation, Durling tries to be as concrete as possible, producing a version that is more fluent and accurate than the versions of Mandelbaum and Musa.... Highly recommended.'

-Library Journal


'Like the Inferno edition that preceded it, the Durling-Martinez Purgatorio, with its beautiful translation and superb apparatus of notes, is simply the best edition of Dante's second canticle in English. No other version offers anything close to what we find gathered here in one volume.'

-Robert Harrison, Professor of Italian, Stanford University


"As Durling and Martinez complete their monumental three-volume presentation of Dante's masterpiece, we can sense their triumph and elation, despite their characteristic modesty. This, after all, is the volume with which they can demonstrate the fullness and consistency of Dante's great project, its final approach to what they describe in one footnote as 'a pitch of intensity unique in all literature.' The scholarship, as always, is graceful, comprehensive, and acute, and it surrounds a translation that is so carefully considered and fully realized as to be, at times, quite breathtaking." --David Young, translator of The Poetry of Petrarch


"Durling and Martinez deliver Paradiso in elegant English prose faithful to Dante's Italian. The general introduction and succinct notes to each canto enable an informed reading of a frequently daunting text, while the longer 'Additional Notes,' bibliography, and indices will more than satisfy the most exigent critic. Marvelous, in the richest medieval sense of the term." --Michael Wyatt, author of The Italian Encounter with Tudor England


"At the end of his poem Dante claims that his 'high imagining failed of power,' but Durling and Martinez have suffered no such fate in completing their translation of the Divine Comedy. Their Paradiso is a crowning achievement, a work of lucid prose and of impeccable accuracy. Readers will find themselves rewarded by the succinct, richly informative notes at the end of each canto and the extended essay-notes at the back of the volume. A splendid accomplishment." --Richard Lansing, editor of The Dante Encyclopedia


About the Author


Robert M. Durling is Professor Emeritus of English and Italian Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ronald L. Martinez is Professor of Italian at Brown University. Their works together include Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio and Time and the Crystal: Studies in Dante's "Rime petrose."
Robert Turner has been a professional illustrator for thirty years.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve on September 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best traslations of the Purgatorio that i have been able to find. It is easy to understand and certainly not convoluted as many other versions are. In addition this version offers the italian text which is a nice addition. Finally, the notes and commentary povided in this book are amazing and perfect for use in the classroom or just6 for general enjoyment.

I can not wait for this translator's paradise to come out so i can buy it, i know it will be phenominal
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hector R. Venegas on June 14, 2013
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I have owned several editions of The Divine Comedy but this edition translated by Martinez and Durling is the best I have seen so far. I am able to read some degree of the original Italian by Dante and feel that I can make a reasonable comparison of this new translation with previous ones. Now, I look forward to acquiring the Martinez and Durling translation of the Paradiso in the paperback edition as soon as it is available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex C. Telander on June 28, 2011
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In the second volume of Dante's Divine Comedy, Purgatorio, Dante continues his journey from hell into purgatory, continuing to be guided by the skilled hand and mind of Virgil. Dante must climb up the Mount of Purgatory, beginning at the bottom with Ante-Purgatory, then the seven terraces - seven levels of suffering and spiritual growth - as associated with the seven deadly sins; at the very top is Earthly paradise. Just as in the first volume, Inferno, Dante continues to discuss politics and the Church in general, as well as relating to his own experiences during the writing of the Divine Comedy in the fourteenth century. Familiar characters in Dante's life again play a part, as he makes his intentions of them all too clear. It is in this volume that Dante is reunited with his long-lost love, Beatrice.

In this shorter introduction, Robert M. Durling and Ronald L. Martinez go into some detail on when this second volume was likely begun, how and when it was exactly written and how Dante was influenced by events and happenings in his life in the writing of it. Just as with the first volume, detailed notes are provided at the end of each canto, explaining locations, historical references, and short biographies on the people mentioned and what relevance they had to Dante. With these priceless details, any reader can pick up this translation of the Divine Comedy, and not feel lost or overloaded by all the historical setting, peoples and details, but are skillfully guided along Dante's unique journey.

At the end of the text are further detailed notes and fifteen short essays covering Dante's political views, his respect and use of Virgil and Ovid, his original conceptions of homosexuality, and on moral growth, to name a few.
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By GHIGGS on November 20, 2012
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If you have an appreciation of good classics, then you will be very happy to read this version of Dante's "Purgatorio" This classic was thoroughly researched and compiled as a foremost contender for translation. Excellent scholarship!
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This is the best and most readable translation of the Divine Comedy I've consulted, and I've read quite a few. Durling & Martinez's notes and analysis is good, but the true pleasure is the skill of the translation. If you want to read the Divine Comedy in English, you owe it to yourself to get this editions. Others just don't live up.
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The translation is very graceful and the facing page format is outstanding. Notes and commentary seem irreproachable. The work itself remains one of the monuments of the Western canon.
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