The Young Inferno

By John Agard; Satoshi Kitamura (Illustrator)
(Frances Lincoln Ltd, Hardcover, 9781845077693, 1pp.)

Publication Date: April 2009

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Can our hoodie-clad hero make it through the nine circles of Hell and back again? Will he find love with his soul mate, Beatrice? In this red-hot retelling of Dante’s Inferno, readers discover the city of Dis, where everybody disses everybody; meet Frankenstein, the lovesick bouncer with the bling; come face-to-face with the Furies, a gang of T-shirt-wearing, snake-haired females; and encounter a host of gluttons, bigots, and plunderers from the world of history and politics. Rich with lively references, from Shakespeare and Wagner to the Bible and Beauty and the Beast, The Young Inferno updates Dante’s 14th-century masterpiece for a 21st-century audience. John Agard, one of the funniest and most popular poets in Britain today, offers an ambitious, energetic retelling in verse that sings with wit and originality while remaining true to the original text. Satoshi Kitamura’s deliciously wicked, avant-garde artwork is a brilliant depiction of Dante’s vision, and a delight for readers young and old.




About the Author
John Agard was born in Guyana in 1949. He has lived in Britain since 1977. He has worked as a features writer and librarian and is now a full-time writer and performer. In addition to his books for children, his publications include Limbo Dancer in Dark Glasses, Man to Pan, Mangoes and Bullets, Lovelines for a Goat-born Lady and The Devils Pulpit.

Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and worked in advertising there before moving to London in 1980. He won the UK's acclaimed "Mother Goose" Award for ANGRY ARTHUR and he is now one of the most distinguished illustrators in Britain, having created over 20 books for children.
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