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The Purgatorio

by Dante Alighieri

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Series: The Divine Comedy (2)

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Il Purgatorio è un mondo posticcio, inventato dalla chiesa di Roma anche e soprattutto per motivi economici. La nebulosità del concetto stesso mette in difficoltà anche il padre Dante, che, superato il cupo dramma dell’Inferno e in attesa dello stupefacente viaggio (verso Dio) del paradiso, è costretto ad inventarsi un tono poetico diverso da quelli che probabilmente gli sgorgarono immediati per le altre due Cantiche. Siccome il nostro non è uomo da poco, costruisce questi trentatre canti come un’unica celebrazione liturgica, in cui l’essere umano Dante si ripulisce dai suoi peccati fino a giungere al rito di passaggio del Paradiso Terrestre, che lo rende puro per la salita al cielo. Il problema è che molte volte questa eccessiva ritualità sfiora a tratti la noia, ed il racconto dell’Eden è uno dei momenti meno interessanti dell’intero poema (a parte il terribile cazziatone tirato da Beatrice al poeta). Per fortuna, tale costruzione teoretica non basta all’autore, che gli affianca il motivo del ricordo e, in parziale connessione a quest’ultimo, quello del ‘dolce stil novo’. Sin dal secondo canto, con l’episodio di Casella, inizia a sentirsi quell’atmosfera di tenerezza nella rievocazione dei rapporti umani che segna poi tutte le pagine migliori del Purgatorio: si può dire che se questa cantica nel complesso non è all’altezza dalle altre, ci sono però momenti di poesia pura di livello altissimo. Indimenticata resta Pia senese, ma ancora più intensi sono i ricordi della gioventù di Dante – sopra a tutti Forese Donati – ed anche il filiale tributo di Stazio a Virgilio. Non mancano gli altri temi cari al poeta, la polemica politica in questo caso soprattutto contro la monarchia francese, ma scivolano come in secondo piano, proprio come se l’interesse fosse focalizzato su altro: forse perché si tratta della sua espiazione, Dante lascia che sia il personale a dominare, si tratti di aspetti positivi e negativi. In questa prospettiva, rientra anche la rievocazione del ‘dolce stil novo’, di cui l’autore, malgrado gli sforzi per dissimulare, si mostra assai orgoglioso. ( )
  catcarlo | Oct 8, 2014 |
In which the boringly repentant people get punished horribly, because otherwise they wouldn't REALLY be repenting. ( )
  Audacity88 | Feb 7, 2014 |
There are two kinds of people who read Dante. The first kind gets all excited about people stuck head down in piles of shit, and wishes that the adulterers and libertines could just keep on doing what they did in the real world, because it's so romantic. The second kind gets all excited about griffins pulling chariots, the relationship between the political and the religious, and the neoplatonic ascent from beautiful woman to Beauty and God. I am the second kind; I can see the pull of the first kind, and I understand it, but really. The whole thing just gets better the further on it goes. Hell is like a decent TV drama with an episode each week, say, House. Purgatorio (and, from memory, Paradiso) are to Inferno what The Wire is to House. Sometimes you just want to watch 45 minutes of cool stuff; sometimes you want something a bit less immediately gratifying, but a more substantial. And this is the substance.

Luckily, the Hollanders are here to translate this thing for you and to give you the insider knowledge you'll need to get a hold of that substance. It isn't easy, unless you're a medievalist who knows the psalms by heart in latin, which I am not and, I'm guessing, neither are you. Because those people are not writing or reading goodreads reviews. They are studying ancient manuscripts and debating whether that letter there is an iota or a lambda. Good for them. Good for the head in a bucket of shit loving people. Good for all. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
I listened to this book on CD instead of actually reading it. The version that I had had an explanation at the beginning of each verse to help you understand and then read the verse.

In this book, you travel with Dante through Purgatory and he cleanses himself of the seven deadly sins.

I really liked this book. I forgot how much I liked Greek Mythology (which I expected only because of the Inferno). It has pushed me to look into more mythology again. ( )
  mlsimmons | Sep 20, 2013 |
I found this just as interesting as Inferno. The concepts, people and theology that Dante described for us is fascinating, if you are interested in that sort of thing at all. Luckily this is a fairly easy to read translation. ( )
  Karlstar | Jul 4, 2013 |
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Alighieri, Danteprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boeken, H.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bosco, UmbertoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Botticelli, SandroIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bremer, FredericaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brouwer, RobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cary, Henry FrancisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chiavacci Leonardi, A. M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ciardi, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doré, GustaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Durling, Robert M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollander, JeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollander, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirkpatrick, RobinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuenen, Wilhelminasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Longfellow, Henry WadsworthTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mandelbaum, AllenPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merwin, W.S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moser, BarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Musa, MarkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oelsner, H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Okey, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oldcorn, Anthonysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pipping, AlineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reggio, GiovanniEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, Charlessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sayers, Dorothy L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Singleton, Charles S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To course across more kindly waters now my talent's little vessel lifts her sails leaving behind herself a sea so cruel; and what I sing will be that second kingdom, in which the human soul is cleansed of sin, becoming worthy of ascent to Heaven. (Per correr miglior acque alza le vele omai la navicella del mio ingegno, che lascia dietro a se mar si crudele; e cantero di quel secondo regno dove l'umano spirito si purga e di salire al ciel diventa degno.)
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Beginning with Dante's liberation from Hell, Purgatory relates his ascent, accompanied by Virgil, of the Mount of Purgatory a mountain of nine levels, formed from rock forced upwards when God threw Satan into depths of the earth. As he travels through the first seven levels, Dante observes the sinners who are waiting for their release into Paradise, and through these encounters he is himself transformed into a stronger and better man. For it is only when he has learned from each of these levels that he can ascend to the gateway to Heaven: the Garden of Eden. The second part of one of the greatest epic poems, Purgatory is an enthralling Christian allegory of sin, redemption and ultimate enlightenment.

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Beginning with Dante's liberation from Hell, 'Purgatory' relates his ascent, accompanied by Virgil, of the Mount of Purgatory - a mountain of nine levels, formed from rock forced upwards when God threw Satan into the depths of the earth.

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