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The divine comedy of Dante Alighieri. / Vol. 1, Inferno

Author: Dante Alighieri; Robert M Durling; Ronald L Martinez
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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This first volume of this new Divine Comedy presents the Italian text of the Inferno and, on facing pages, a new prose translation (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 all its terror, pathos, and sardonic humor, and its penetrating analyses of the psychology of sin and the ills that plague  Read more...
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Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321.
Divine comedy of Dante Alighieri.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996-2011
(DLC) 95012740
(OCoLC)32430822
Named Person: Dante Alighieri
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dante Alighieri; Robert M Durling; Ronald L Martinez
ISBN: 9780199770335 0199770336
OCLC Number: 728659634
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 654 p.) : ill., maps.
Other Titles: Divina commedia.
Inferno
Responsibility: edited and translated by Robert M. Durling ; introduction and notes by Ronald L. Martinez and Robert M. Durling ; illustrations by Robert Turner.

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This first volume of this new Divine Comedy presents the Italian text of the Inferno and, on facing pages, a new prose translation (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 all its terror, pathos, and sardonic humor, and its penetrating analyses of the psychology of sin and the ills that plague society. Martinez and Durling's introduction and notes are designed with the first-time reader of the poem in mind but will be useful to others as well. The concise introduction presents essential biographical and historical background and a discussion of the form of the poem. The notes are more extensive than those in most translations currently available, and they contain much new material. In addition, sixteen short essays explore the autobiographical dimension of the poem, the problematic body analogy, the question of Christ's presence in Hell, and individual cantos that have been the subject of controversy, including those on homosexuality. There is an extensive bibliography, and the four indexes (to foreign words, passages cited, proper names in the notes, and to proper names in the text and translation) will make the volume particularly useful. Robert Turner's illustrations include detailed maps of Italy, clearly labeled diagrams of the cosmos and of the structure of Hell, and line drawings illustrating objects and places mentioned in the poem.

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