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Purgatorio: The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Vol. 2 Paperback – April 8, 2004
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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
About the Author
Robert M. Durling is Professor Emeritus of English and Italian Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ronald L. Martinez is Professor of Italian at Brown University. Their works together include Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio and Time and the Crystal: Studies in Dante's "Rime petrose."
Robert Turner has been a professional illustrator for thirty years.
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This was definitely the middle of the three books in terms of how much a liked it, but is still a great literary work. I don't know how someone could just read one of the books and not finish all three. As for the translation, I though it was very accurate. My professor spoke fluent Italian and English and he seemed to find this translation very useful. He also has a doctorate in Italian literature so I really trust his opinion, a very intelligent man who knows the Divine Comedy inside and out.
I think a lot of the complexity of this work was lost on me because I never intensely studied literature. However, my class had half literature majors and they offered really great insight into this work as a whole.
That said, this is an excellent literal translation of the Purgatorio. With the very extensive endnotes and additional essays anybody who has a basic knowledge of medieval and christian history will have a fairly easy time getting into the meat of Dante's complex poem.
Great Notes and explanations.
I have learned so much both personally and professionally about this theme.