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The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Volume 1: Inferno (Durling Translation)

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Volume 1: Inferno (Durling Translation)

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This is the first volume of a new prose translation of Dante's epic - the first in twenty-five years. Robert Durling's translation brings a new power and accuracy to the rendering of Dante's extraordinary vision of Hell, with its terror, pathos, and sardonic humour, and its penetrating analyses of the psychology of sin and the ills that plague society.

A newly edited version of the Italian text can be on facing pages, and this edition includes fully comprehensive notes as well as sixteen essays on special subjects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195087444
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/06/1997
Series: Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri , #1
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 189,732
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Robert M. Durling is Professor Emeritus of English and Italian Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ronald L. Martinez is Professor of Italian at Brown University. Their works together include Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio and Time and the Crystal: Studies in Dante's "Rime petrose."
Robert Turner has been a professional illustrator for thirty years.

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The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Volume 1: Inferno (Durling Translation) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The notes at the end of each canto make it very easy to understand the poetry and symbolism of Dante's work. What would really be great is if Durling ever decided to finish the Divine Comedy. It is pretty annoying to read the first part of the Comedy translated by one person then have to go find another translator's edition to finish the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a personal passion for the varrying translations of Inferno, and this is easily the best I have come across. The specific analysis include thematic essays and comparative analysis with Aenid and the Bible, linking each point to primary themes. The hidden autobiography, historical account of italy, and political commentary are touroughly analyzed. This book displays the awesome art of the Inferno
cleverusername2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dante's Divine Comedy is a strange puzzle to sort out. I feel it was written for highly personal reasons. One that is evident is his love of Virgil and the Homeric Greek epics. He also crafted this poem as a cathartic release, as a means to slander his enemies. And man, if the measure of a man is his enemies (choose them carefully) then Dante is quite the fellow. Don¿t read Divine Comedy as poetry, get the whole picture as it is more fascinating than fiction.That's what makes this edition so handy, you're tempted to read it as epic poem but this edition offers all the contextual clues you need from reliable experts.I need to read this one again, damn...
TZYuhas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More a commentary on 14th century Italy than anything else, "The Divine Comedy" details three spheres of the afterlife, and the first volume of Dante's "Divine Comedy" is the decent into the Inferno. In understanding the works of Dante one must understand the man himself. A devout Catholic, he wrote the work as a commentary on the political, economic and social happenings of his city. He strongly believed that his own city was on its own decent into darkness. The Inferno gave Dante a chance to punish his enemies, etc, for eternity in one of the most graphic depictions of Hell. Composed of 34 Cantos, the Inferno takes us through the nine rings of Hell. Dante, along with his idol and guide Virgil, make the decent into Hell ring by ring. From the lustful, the wrathful, the violent, to the betrayers, the reader is given a detailed look at the idea of "punishment fitting the crime". Indeed the genius of Dante is not just in the poetry or the detail in the description, but his construction of the entire idea itself; his anti-trinity found in the devil and among others the parabola nature of his travel through hell. It is an important work in understanding the history of Hell's development, but to learn about Dante's world, his views, and his biases. This particular edition allows the reader to view not only the English translation but the original Italian. Robert Durling also provides extensive notes on each Canto which can illuminate the reader on the deeper meaning and hidden contexts in the work. All in all it is one of the classics of literature and will continue to be a captivating work about man's greatest question. What happens to us when we die?
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