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La divina comedia by Dante Alighieri

La divina comedia (edition 1986)

by Dante Alighieri, Ángel Chiclana Cardona (Pr.)

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Title:La divina comedia
Authors:Dante Alighieri
Other authors:Ángel Chiclana Cardona (Pr.)
Info:Madrid : Espasa Calpe, 1986.
Collections:Read but unowned, Classics

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The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

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    Primum mobile : Dantes Jenseitsreise und die moderne Kosmologie by Bruno Binggeli (vreeland)
    vreeland: Bruno Binggeli verbindet Dantes Grosses Werk mit der modernen Astrophysik und macht sich in und mit der Lektüre der Göttlichen Komödie und den darin enthaltenen mittelalterlichen Jenseitsvorstellungen auf die Suche nach dem "Big Bang" - dem Urknall. Paradies und Superraum, Gnadenwahl und Quantenphysik, Hölle und Schwarze Löcher: Mittelalter und Moderne passen sehr viel besser zusammen als man glaubt. Binggeli ist Physiker und Galaxienforscher an der Universität Basel; die wissenschaftliche Akribie, mit der er die Göttliche Komödie mit aktuellen Forschungsergebnissen in Relation bringt, schafft für beide Seiten reizvolle neue Perspektiven und Ansätze des Verstehens.… (more)
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    The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy by Gustave Doré (rvdm61)
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    Ochii Beatricei : cum arăta cu adevărat lumea lui Dante? by Horia-Roman Patapievici (gyges77)
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    Dante in Love by A. N. Wilson (DLSmithies)

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A true classic that everyone should read but, unfortunately, few will genuinely appreciate. You travel the afterlife from Hell through Purgatory and arrive in Heaven. Along the way you meet various souls (some of whom Dante had been ticked at who today are not known) and realize the very Catholic approach to redemption. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Wow! All I can say is what a pleasurable and enriching experience to have had the opportunity to listen to Dante's legendary poetry read aloud. The only metaphorical example I can think of is the difference between watching an epic film (like "Life of Pi") in 2D or 3D.

Yes! Dante's Divine Comedy book vs. audiobook is on the same proportional movie-going scale! I highly recommend indulging yourself with this audiobook. It's one you'll want to purchase, not borrow! ( )
  iReadby | Apr 27, 2014 |
Summary: An epic poem written by Italian poet Dante Alighieri which tells of Dante's fictional journey through Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Heaven), the three realms of the Catholic afterlife. The poem represents the soul's journey towards God with the use of allegory.

Personal reaction: My AP English teacher assigned my class to read this book my senior year in high school. This book has always been a favorite to me. I was always captivated by Alighieri's vivid descriptions of the levels in Inferno.
Rarely ever do I re-read books, but I plan to read this book again once I have some down time to spare.

Classroom extension ideas:
1. Many figures from literature, mythology, and history are mentioned in The Divine Comedy. Have students research these names and learn who these people were.
2. Have students recognize the poem’s satire of Dante’s contemporaries in politics, Church leadership, and poetry.
  nwoodley | Apr 21, 2014 |
Ciardi's translation - Dante asks Virgil to explain the ways and wiles of Dame Fortune:

"Master," I said, "tell me - now that you touch
on this Dame Fortune - what is she, that she holds
the good things of the world within her clutch?"

And he to me: "O credulous mankind,
is there one error that has wooed and lost you?
Now listen, and strike error from your mind:

That king whose perfect wisdom transcends all,
made the heavens and posted angels on them
to guide the eternal light that it might fall

from every sphere to every sphere the same.
He made earth's splendors by a like decree
and posted as their minister this high Dame,

The Lady of Permutations. All earth's gear
she changes from nation to nation, from house to house,
in changeless change through every turning year.

No mortal power may stay her spinning wheel.
The nations rise and fall by her decree.
None may foresee where she will set her heel:

she passes, and things pass. Man's mortal reason
cannot encompass her. She rules her sphere
as the other gods rule theirs. Season by season

her changes change her changes endlessly,
and those whose turn has come press on her so,
she must be swift by hard necessity.

And this is she so railed and reviled
that even her debtors in the joys of time
blaspheme her name. Their oath are bitter and wild,

but she in her beatitude does not hear.
Among the Primal Beings of God's joy
she breathes her blessedness and wheels her sphere."

Canto VII: 67-96
pp. 63-4
  maryoverton | Apr 15, 2014 |
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Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita / mi ritrovai per una selva oscura, / chè la diritta via era smarrita.
Mildway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
. . .quel giorno più non vi leggemmo avante.
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facsimile of Venice Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana Codex It. IX,276 (=6902)
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Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise—the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.

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"'The Divine Comedy' begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity. Allen Mandelbaum's astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of the life of the original, renders whole for us the masterpiece that genius whom our greatest poets have recognized as a central model for all poets. This Everyman's edition -- containing in one volume all three cantos, 'Inferno,' 'Purgatorio,' and 'Paradiso' -- includes an introduction by Nobel Prize-winning poet Eugenio Montale, a chronology, notes, and a bibliography. Also included are forty-two drawings selected from Botticelli's marvelous late-fifteenth century series of illustrations." ***"An epic poem in which the poet describes his spiritual journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise -- guided first by the poet Virgil and then by his beloved Beatrice -- which results in a purification of his religious faith."… (more)

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