"Abandon hope all ye who enter here."
Dante, our young, naive hero, has woken from a deep sleep to find himself in a cold, dark wood. Before he can begin to work out where he is, his path is blocked by a leopard, a lion and a she-wolf. Things get worse from here, and our pilgrim finds himself on a journey through the very depths of Hell. Why is he here, and will he ever make it out alive?
During his journey, Dante meets the worst sinners imaginable and witnesses how God punishes them.
Although they writhe and wail in tortured agony, he must remain strong, for he has to make it through or he may find himself lost in this dismal place forever.
Who will Dante meet on his journey, and what will he learn?
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About the Author
DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321) was an Italian poet who is often called the ‘Father of the Italian language’.
After graduating in political science, ELENA MENGA decided to devote herself to her passion for painting, and attended the School of Applied Art at Castello Sforzesco and European Institute of Design. She now lives and works in Milan, where she specialises in ‘the art of emotion’, her main inspiration being the paintings of Micol De Palma.
ISABEL COE is an author, illustrator and journalist who has worked on a wide range of national and international magazines in the UK and Australia. Her first book, La Dolce Vita: Sweet Dreams and Chocolate Memories, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2005.