The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Volume 1: Inferno


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Format
Hardcover
Price
$20.00
 
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780141195872
  • 576 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. 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. For it is only by encountering Satan, in the heart of Hell, that he can truly understand the tragedy of sin.
The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri, Introduction by: Robin Kirkpatrick, Editor: Robin Kirkpatrick, Translator: Robin Kirkpatrick, Commentaries by: Robin Kirkpatrick

Praise

“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner

“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University

“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University

Series

Hardcover Classics
Marco Polo
Illustrator: Coralie Bickford-Smith
Gustave Flaubert

Table of Contents

The Divine ComedyHow to Read Dante
Translator’s Note
The Inferno
Introduction
Cantos

The Purgatorio
Introduction
Cantos

The Paradiso
Introduction
Cantos

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