Inferno: The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri

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In this superb translation with an introduction and commentary by Allen Mandelbaum, all of Dante's vivid images--the earthly, sublime, intellectual, demonic, ecstatic--are rendered with marvelous clarity to read like the words of a poet born in our own age.

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"An exciting, vivid Inferno by a translator whose scholarship is impeccable."--Chicago magazine

"Tough and supple, tender and violent . . . vigorous, vernacular . . . Mandelbaum's Dante will stand high among modern translations."--The Christian Science Monitor

About the Author

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence. His family, of minor nobility, was not wealthy nor especially distinguished; his mother died when he was a child, his father before 1283. At about the age of 20, he married Gemma Donati, by whom he had three children. Little is known of Dante's formal education-it is likely to have included study with the Dominicans, the Augustinians, and the Franciscans in Florence, and at the university in Bologna. In 1295 he entered Florentine politics and in the summer of 1300, he became one of the six governing Priors of Florence. In 1301, the political situation forced Dante and his party into exile. For the rest of his life, he wandered through Italy, perhaps studied at Paris, while depending for refuge on the generosity of various nobles. He continued to write and at some point, late in life he took asylum in Ravenna where he completed the Divine Commedia and died, much honored,

Book Details

  • Format: Paperback, 432 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780553213393

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