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The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno,9780195004120

The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 12/31/1961
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Summary

The most famous of the three canticles that comprise "The Divine Comedy, Inferno" describes Danteas descent in Hell midway through his life with Virgil as a guide. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonizing torture, Dante encounters doomed souls that include the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicidal Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit. Led by leering demons, Dante must ultimately journey with Virgil to the deepest level of allafor it is only by encountering Satan himself, in the heart of Hell, that he can truly understand the tragedy of sin. BACKCOVER: aThe perfect balance of tightness and colloquialism... likely to be the best modern version of Dante. aBernard OaDonoghue aThis version is the first to bring together poetry and scholarship in the very body of the translationaa deeply informed version of Dante that is also a pleasure to read.a aProfessor David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania

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