The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso (in One Volume)

Hardcover | August 1, 1995

byPeter Dante AlighieriTranslated byAllen Mandelbaum

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The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.

Mandelbaum’s astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of the life of the original, renders whole for us the masterpiece of that genius whom our greatest poets have recognized as a central model for all poets.

This Everyman’s edition–containing in one volume all three cantos, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso–includes an introduction by Nobel Prize—winning poet Eugenio Montale, a chronology, notes, and a bibliography. Also included are forty-two drawings selected from Botticelli''s marvelous late-fifteenth-century series of illustrations.

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This story begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year of our Lord 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense re-creation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.

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The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.Mandelbaum’s astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of th...

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Introduction by Eugenio Montale; Translation by Allen Mandelbaum

Dante Alighieri, born in Florence, Italy, c. 1265, is considered one of the world's greatest poets. His use of the Florentine dialect established it as the basis for modern Italian. His late medieval epic, The Divine Comedy, was above all inspired, as was all his poetry, by his unrequited love for Beatrice, a woman he may have seen only from afar. He died in 1321, having completed his great work, yet an exile from hi...

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Awesome Works Of Dante Dante Alighieri, an Italian man in the 1300s, wrote one of the greatest poetic treatises on Heaven and Hell that has lasted to this day. The Divine Comedy is in three parts, one that details his spiritual travels through Hell, one for Purgatory, and the other that takes him through Heaven, guided always by a figure of legend. In “Inferno,” the poet finds himself lost in dark woods, and though he tries to find his way out, he ultimately meets the ancient poet, Virgil. Virgil explains that in order to reach Paradise, Dante must first follow him on a tour of Hell, and then leads him down through the gates. For Dante, there are nine circles of Hell, each tailored to the sinners who go there. The sixth through the ninth circles have inner levels within each of them, and on the fourth level of the ninth circle of hell (where traitors to their masters reside) he finds Satan himself. The two poets exit Hell in time for the sun’s rising on Easter Sunday, and that is where Virgil leads him on to Purgatory. In this place, Dante is marked with seven P’s for each of the sins, and as they climb, these are removed and the climbing becomes easier. Purgatory, too, is terraced like Hell, but here the sinners could climb higher with proper prayer and repentance measures. There are seven terraces to Purgatory, with their corresponding historical and very real figures, and after the seventh he passed through a wall of fire to be guided in Paradise by his Lady, Beatrice, leaving Virgil behind. To pass through the river Lethe, Dante is told to confess his sins, but he instead faints and is carried across to find Beatrice. He finds Heaven has seven Spheres for each virtue and those who lived them so fully they became inhabitants, then Fixed Stars where many Apostles lived, and finally the ninth heaven allowed him to witness Christ and the Virgin Mary entering and to gaze upon divinity as the angels sang. He’s left alone, though, to be one with God, and has no words to describe the greatness he finds.
Date published: 2009-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Great The book was extremely well written and it gives a great sense of how Dante viewed the afterlife. The translation of the book was very well done and the end notes allow the reader to fully understand what they are reading and how it relates to the time period in which it was written. I would recommend this book to people who aren’t even religious because it is such an interesting story to read.
Date published: 2007-05-07