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Dante's Paradiso by Marcus Sanders

Dante's Paradiso

by Marcus Sanders (Editor)

Other authors: Sandow Birk (Editor)

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Series: Dante's Divine Comedy (3)

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A modern vernacular adaptation of the Divine Comedy in three volumes. The best part of these is the art, by far; gorgeous line drawings in the style of Gustav Dore engravings, but entirely in a modern setting. Sometimes they work as illustrations for the poem, sometimes they're too ironic for their own good. (I liked the illustrations in the Paradiso best, though; there's something moving about Paradise set in a modern city, populated entirely by normal-looking modern people.)

The adapters have used almost painfully casual language for the text, which works in getting across the impact of Dante writing in Italian instead of Latin, but I do think they've made the worst possible choices for it -- if you're going to update the language and the metaphors, why not update all the Yelling About Politics sections so that they mean something to a modern audience? A few contemporary names scattered in amongst the sinners really doesn't cut it. And with no poetry to speak of (they haven't bothered trying to capture even the rhyme scheme, which seems like a lost opportunity for a hip-hop Commedia) there's absolutely nothing of interest in at least 50% of the thing. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Oct 31, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sanders, MarcusEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birk, SandowEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birk, SandowIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meister, Michael F.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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With the publication of Dante's Paradiso, Sandow Birk and Marcus Sanders complete their literary and artistic achievementthe retelling of The Divine Comedy in contemporary words and images. Hailed as "inspired" by the The London Review of Books, Birk and Sanders's adaptation of Dante's classic work is true to the spirit of the original and is as acerbic and shockingly funny today as in thirteenth-century Italy. With a text that incorporates modern slang and references to anachronistically recent public figures, Birk and Sanders pay tribute to Dante's linguistic approach and clever politics. Birk's striking spin on Gustave Dor's famous engravings accompany the cantos. Together they lend the timeless poem a postmodern edge. A major retrospective of all of Birk's illustrations and paintings for the trilogy will be held at the San Jose Museum of Art in August 2005 in tribute to a masterpiece for our times.

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