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The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
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The Inferno

by Dante Alighieri

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Series: The Divine Comedy (1)

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The most elaborate, vividly imagined and well-organized revenge fantasy of all time. I now remember why, unlike everybody else it seems, I liked the Paradiso better. A scene by scene translation of the Inferno to film would be bloodier and harder to stomach than the worst gore fest I've ever seen at the movies. And the idea of actually living in a society that could perceive such a place as necessary to its deity's vision of justice is probably the saddest and most horrifying idea of all. But Palma's verse translation is a pleasure to read, and the monsters are kind of fun. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
If you haven't walked through Hell with Dante, I highly recommend you do so immediately. It's quite nice. ( )
  mlyons1 | Feb 12, 2014 |
Mildly amusing, though this ostensibly pure Christian author clearly has a perverse streak running through him. (As does the Christian God, so not surprising.) ( )
  Audacity88 | Feb 7, 2014 |
I read the Ciardi translation in college, and this had a similar feel. It read a little more like prose than poetry--it's unrhymed, though it still has a nice rhythm. Really drags when you get closer to the end, though. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
Fantastic, even though the Sayers translation may give up too much in the battle to stick to the terza rima scheme. It's not a fatal flaw by any means, but the tendency is particularly noticeable in some of the classic lines: "I could never have believed death had undone so many" becomes "It never would have entered my head / There were so many men whom death had slain" in order to cram the square English into the round Italian. ( )
  mattresslessness | Feb 4, 2014 |
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When I had journeyed half of our life's way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray. (Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita mi ritrovai per una selva oscura, che la diritta via era smarrita.)
Midway in his allotted threescore years and ten, Dante comes to himself with a start and realizes that he has strayed from the True Way into the Dark Wood of Error (Worldliness).
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Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451527984, Mass Market Paperback)

Considered to be one of the greatest literary works of all time- equal only to those of Shakespeare-Dante's immortal drama of a journey through Hell is the first volume of his Divine Comedy. The remaining canticles, The Purgatorio and The Paradiso, will be published this summer in quick succession.

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In the first part of Dante's epic poem about the three realms of the Christian afterlife, a spiritual pilgrim is led by Virgil through the nine circles of Hell.

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