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The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Volume 1: Inferno Paperback – Illustrated, March 6, 1997
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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.'-
'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.'
'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
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : 0195087445
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (March 6, 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 672 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780195087444
- ISBN-13 : 978-0195087444
- Lexile measure : 1270L
- Item Weight : 1.94 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.21 x 6.14 x 1.76 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #190,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My background: I read this edition as a part of Stanford's SLE (Structured Liberal Education) program, which is a comprehensive (or as comprehensive as you can get in one year) survey of western philosophy and literature.
This edition has copious notes after every Canto which flesh out the multifaceted complexity of the Inferno. After a single reading of a Canto not only do they help make sense of difficult passages (which of course, abound) but also reveal interprative difficulties which might be easily missed without the proper historical or literary background. These notes (many with references to further reading) cover a range of interpretations and expose the reader to common political, religious, and rhetorical readings.
This text also is printed so the English translation is opposite the original Italian on every page - particularly helpful for a close reading (even if the reader has little or no background in Italian).
I am continuing to read the rest of the Comedia in this translation because I found the Inferno so compelling.
Much like Dante the pilgrim cannot travel through hell alone and needs the assistance of Virgil, this translation guides the reader through the byzantine world of the literary Inferno - hopefully like Dante, to some (if limited) understanding.
I wrote this review because the top reviews for this edition were all in fact for other editions, and this one definitely deserves its due. It may be more expensive than Mandelbaum's paperback, but its worth it. The print is larger, the language clearer, the notes more useful. Try it out.