Paradiso (The Divine Comedy series Book 3) Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1400031153
ISBN-10: 140003115X
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“A beautiful translation of the astonishing fourteenth-century poem. . . . The best on the market. . . . If you haven't read the Divine Comedy now is the time.”
The New Yorker

Paradiso . . . contains some of the most exhilarating poetry ever written. . . . Robert Hollander is one of the pre-eminent Dante scholars of our time.”
The New York Times

“For our time and for an incalculable future the Hollander translation of The Divine Comedy will be the one used by serious readers. . . . Splendid as this new translation is, the endlessly valuable notes are what make this edition supplant all others.”
National Review

“The Hollanders' version is supple and clear, a triumph.”
The Los Angeles Times

“Very likely the most enduring, both as a literary achievement and for its commentaries.”
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About the Author

Jean Hollander has taught literature and writing at Brooklyn College, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the College of New Jersey, where she was director of the Writers’ Conference for twenty-three years. She recently published her third book of poems.

Robert Hollander, her husband, taught Dante’s Divine Comedy to Princeton students for forty-two years, and is the author of a dozen books and more than seventy articles on Dante, Boccaccio, and other Italian authors. He is Professor in European Literature Emeritus at Princeton and the founding director of both the Dartmouth Dante Project and the Princeton Dante Project. He has received many awards, including the gold medal of the city of Florence and the gold florin of the Dante Society of America, in recognition of his work on Dante.

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  • File Size: 3446 KB
  • Print Length: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (July 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M2A31K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Whether you're reading the Comedy for the first time or you need it for a class, you can't go wrong with the Hollander edition. Each of the 3 books--Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso--includes a diagram of where Dante is going; an outline of each canto; side-by-side Italian/English translation; extensive, easy-to-read explanatory notes after each canto; and a couple of helpful indexes. These books are worth the money!
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I had a physical copy of this book, and recently bought the ebook. The digital edition is extremely well done. You can jump back and forth between English and Italian, as well as between text and notes. It's really easy to navigate! Whoever formatted it did a terrific job.
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I have long had this book in paperback. Right now I have been engaging in an approximately three month long online discussion of Dante's Commedia. I had heard how good are the connections between footnotes and text on the Kindle and I was tired of carrying around the paperback version, so last night I decided for this last volume I would indulge in the Kindle version of Paradiso. This was despite the wonderful Dante Princeton site, which has the Hollander translation online [...] and despite already owning a hard copy. After one afternoon and evening, I am absolutely delighted with the investment. It is such a pleasure to work between the text and notes (regardless of occasional glitches in the touch technology). (I continue to follow the text in another translation as well.)

If not for the cost, I'd purchase the other two volumes in their Kindle version as well. If the publisher/Amazon makes available the Lending Option so I can share with my family, I shall probably still do so when the year comes for a re-read (probably 2015).
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The virtues of this as a work of scholarship have been rightly praised. I would just like to offer thanks to the publishers for the care they have taken in preparing the Kindle edition. The text is laid out beautifully and one can click from Italian to English and back again with great ease, and also to the footnotes. I wish all publishers took such care with their e-books.
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This is the third part of the Divina Commedia.

Robert Hollander, a Princeton professor (now retired), has devoted his career to the study and teaching of Dante. His translation into English does a fine and aestheticaly pleasing job of carrying the meaning of the Italian original into the English version. The two versions are printed on facing pages in this book. Dr. Hollander's wife, Jean, has assisted him in his work on all three parts of the translation of the Commedia.

This is an excellent translation. The meaning comes through clearly. The Hollanders supply good and very thorough supporting notes throughout, canto by canto.
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Lots of translations out there- even on nook-- but small screen wasn't enjoyable-especially to try to high light a passage, The nook translation was very modern--maybe too much so. But this book has Italian and English cantos on opposite pages through out book-- there are pages before the canto to tell you what to expect and pages after cantos to discuss what was read-- If you are reading with a group this is so helpful.
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I have all three translation/commentaries that Robert and Jean Hollander have produced - Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso and as an Italian speaker I think they are the best I have seen to date. If I understand the division of labour (apologies if incorrect), Jean as the poet has worked to structure the best english outcome from Dante's original and what shows is a desire to stay true to his actual words and meaning and not try to emulate rhymes, rhythms etc as that's almost impossible. Robert as a lifetime Dante scholar contributes excellent notes on a near line by line basis. Each line in the Commedia has a unique identifier which has enabled over the years, commentators and scholars to discuss and argue meaning and intent with some such debates persisting to the present. As Roberto Benigni - of Tutto Dante fame and a friend of the Hollanders, says - 'Dante e duro, duro, duro' - Dante is hard, hard, hard. It's not an easy work to come to terms with and requires effort and persistence. Here the Hollander's works are an immense assistance.
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Translation is weak, especially when compared with Allen Mandelbaum's--his translation of all three parts of The Divine Comedy are uniformly excellent. More notes could be used in Mandelbaums's translation. This book is worth having for the notes, despite the inferior translation.
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