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The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: Inferno (Hardcover Classics) Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University
“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University
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"This version is the first to bring together poetry and scholarship in the very body of the translationa deeply informed version of Dante that is also a pleasure to read."
Professor David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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There is an introduction on "How to read Dante" which was indispensible for my first time foray.
There is a note from the translator that explains how his translation might differ from others and why.
There is an introduction from a collegue of the translator that puts the Divine Comedy in a historical context.
So easy to read!
Each Canto begins with a synopsis. If all you wanted to know was the plot of the Divine Comedy you could just read all of these half page summaries (but you'd really miss out.)
Then the canto in beautiful verse.
Then copious notes that explain the minute details about whom you meet in the Canto and relevant events in history. The notes are as interesting as the Cantos themselves.
I am so glad I picked this copy up. I have now read and ENJOYED Dante's Divine Comedy. I highly recommend this as a starting point. It is extremely accessible.
In addition to the direct translation, Musa provides an introductory summary to each canto, detailed notes following each canto, a glossary of names in the back of each volume, and an introductory essay for each volume. The introduction to "Volume 1: Inferno" gives a thorough introduction to Dante and to his other works as well as to the Inferno. Following the introduction is a translator's note. The introductions to "Purgatory" and "Paradise" do not go over the extra information presented in "Inferno". It is useful to read all three of Dante's canticles in the Musa translation to get a complete, consistent presentation of the work. Musa does make reference in his notes to one volume to ideas or people presented in the others.
The notes are vital for almost everyone. The references to Biblical, classical, and medieval personalities, myths, time systems, theology, and events come frequently. Few people are up on the ins and outs of Guelf vs. Ghibelline in medieval Italian politics. Musa makes it all as clear as it needs to be.
Musa's version of "Inferno" italicizes the introductory summary before each canticle and retains the detailed, interesting mappings of Hell used in the Sayers edition.
Dante's poem is central to Western civilization.Read more ›
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Considering when this book was written, you need to slowly read this to understand the story.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a hard book to read. But when took the time very interesting.Published 4 days ago by Louannsblessings
With hearing an overview, recently, of Dante's work, ( along with youngest son telling of his reading for several years) am looking forward to reading, myself... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Judith Painter
What am I going to say, "not enough comedy"? It's a classic. It's fine.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this on my Kindle Fire alongside a Wikipedia article which I used as a Cliff Note. Good thing I did because even the names I was familiar with would have otherwise passed me... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Alan W. Stormont
Can be a difficult read but the language is so beautiful and the intricacies of the plot so intense it is worth every minute.Published 1 month ago by Alexandra E. Lopez