The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: Inferno

byDante AlighieriTranslated byRobin KirkpatrickIntroduction byRobin Kirkpatrick

August 29, 2006|
The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: Inferno by Dante Alighieri
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The first part of Dante''s epic poem The Divine Comedy, revealing the eternal punishment reserved for such sins as greed, self-deception, political double-dealing and treachery

Describing Dante''s descent into Hell midway through his life with Virgil as a guide, Inferno depicts a cruel underworld in which desperate figures are condemned to eternal damnation for committing one or more of seven deadly sins. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonising torture, Dante encounters doomed souls including the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicide Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit. Led by leering demons, the poet must ultimately journey with Virgil to the deepest level of all. Portraying a huge diversity of characters culminating in a horrific vision of Satan, the Inferno broke new ground in the vigour of its language and storytelling. It has had a particular influence on Modernist writers and their successors throughout the world. Printed in English with facing pages in Dante''s Italian, this edition offers commentaries and notes on each canto by Robert Kirkpatrick.

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Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy''s greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered in the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work is La Vita Nuova (1292) which is a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. Married to Gemma Donatic, Dante''s political activism resulted in ...
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Title:The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: Inferno
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:560 pages, 7.79 X 5.13 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:560 pages, 7.79 X 5.13 X 1 in
Published:August 29, 2006
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780140448955

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