The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Volume 1: Inferno

By Dante Alighieri; Dante Alighieri; Mark Musa (Translator)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780142437223, 432pp.

Publication Date: December 31, 2002

Description
An acclaimed translation of Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno "that retains all the style, power and meaning of the original
This vigorous translation of Inferno preserves Dante's simple, natural style, and captures the swift movement of the original Italian verse. Mark Musa's blank verse rendition of the poet's journey through the circles of hell recreates for the modern reader the rich meanings that Dante's poem had for his contemporaries. Musa's introduction and commentaries on each of the cantos brilliantly illuminate the text.
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About the Author
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence to a family of minor nobility. He entered into Florentine politics in 1295, but he and his party were forced into exile in a hostile political climate in 1301. Taking asylum in Ravenna late in life, Dante completed his Divine Commedia, considered one of the most important works of Western literature, before his death in 1321.



Mark Musa is Professor of Italian Emeritus at Indiana University and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has translated Dante s Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova and is the author of Advent at the Gates: Dante s Comedy.


Praise For The Divine Comedy

"Musa operates on the principle that a translator's first duty is to render the original text as exactly as possible without compromising the literary quality of the work.... [This is] the best English-language version of the Inferno currently available." —Library Journal