The Young Inferno

The Young Inferno Cover

The Young Inferno

By John Agard; Satoshi Kitamura (Illustrator)

Frances Lincoln Ltd, Hardcover, 9781845077693, 1pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009

Description

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
Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and has written and illustrated 20 of his own books and illustrated many more. He also translates children's books into Japanese and divides his time between London and Japan.John Agard is an award-winning British poet. He is the author of many children's books, including The Young Inferno. He lives in Lewes, U.K.