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The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: Inferno (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) 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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I am just starting with the classics so it takes me a bit to fully grasp the language. I appreciated the summary and glossary given with each canto. Read morePublished 58 minutes ago by Jenny
Once I received this book, I thought to myself "what a solid looking book". Then I opened it up. There is nothing solid at all inside. Read morePublished 7 days ago by M. Buck
Perhaps not everyone knows that the metric prose within the text are cryptically encoded for pictorial patterns, and the complexity of layered meanings does require some experience... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Quack
I've read the whole Divina Comedia several times. I downloaded this because it offered the Dore illustrations for free. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Spenser Calderin
Absolute classic, genius, masterful masterpiece. Easy reading, amazing flow, rhythm and rhyme. I don't think anything as brilliant as this is will ever be written again. Read morePublished 29 days ago by prelude122
Beware these cheap Kindle versions of the Divine Comedy. Dante's masterpiece is one of the greatest works of world literature, and worth 5/5 stars any day of the week. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The hardcover book that I received only contains Purgatory, NOT the entire Divine Comedy, as it is sold as; hence my review being given 3 stars.Published 1 month ago by Jesse