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Dante's Inferno (the Divine Comedy, Volume 1, Hell) Paperback – January 1, 2005
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"Virgil's design for Dante, that he will 'grow used/to the sad stench,' for 'after a short while/human senses numb,' does not extend to this volume's readers; our senses are continually jostled and primed by the unexpected shifts in style." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"What drew such disparate poets as Amy Clampitt, W. S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnell, Mark Strand, C.K. Williams, and Alfred Corn into the translating project? The glory of the poem itself, the grand enterprise of making a work written 700 years ago beautiful for a new generation."-- Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, Editor, "The New York Times Book Review""Many hands have made, in the present case, not light but lasting work."-- James Merrill"It seems right that Dante would provide such an unusual meeting ground of cultures, eras, and writers: his voice took in many voices. Curious, questing, and provocative, this literary project should be a signpost to anyone who cares about language."-- "Publisbers Weekly""Virgil's design for Dante, that he will 'grow used/to the sad stench, ' for 'after a short while/human senses numb, ' does not extend to this volume's readers; our senses are continually jostled and primed by the unexpected shifts in style."-- "The New Yorker" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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That aside, Dante's Inferno is the first in the three volume series of "The Divine Comedy" and is the most well know. In this first volume our writer finds himself being lead into hell by his "bard" who will be his guide. He is going to find many of his earthly friends there. The ones that he felt had things pretty well figured out. Unfortunately they are in different areas of "Hell" being tortured for their beliefs. There is the area for the Prideful, an area for the Glutton's, an area for the Narcissistic, an area for Religious Leaders who didn't really know Jesus Christ. Each area has people being tortured in different ways depending on what Satan feels would be the most torturous.
It is my understanding that when Dante wrote this many of the characters were his present friends in society. They knew who they were and when they read the story they were highly offended to find that Dante believed they were headed to Hell.
It's an interesting read, it brings home lots of questions that will make you examine your own life. But I think a different translation might be a better source for you.
The Longfellow translation can be a bit archaic, but the notes section is helpful. The notes are printed in a separate section after the poem, rather than on the opposite page or at the end of a canto. It can be a bit annoying to flip back and forth, but it does keep the notes from breaking the flow of Dante's language.
Bottom line, this is a good book for fans of video games and classic literature (maybe not the largest Venn diagram in the world), and is probably the strangest promotional tie-in in video game history.
Well, I downloaded it.
It wouldn't go to the next page, it wouldn't even turn the page, and it would just freeze up!
I went to the last page and started to make my way backwards to see if it was working.
It did just that, but it wouldn't even go to the first page without freezing up!!
I just deleted the whole book.
If Amazon check out these reviews, please can they remove or adapt the inaccurate information on this one.