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The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri

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    The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy by Gustave Doré (rvdm61)
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    The Figure of Beatrice by Charles Williams (jsburbidge)
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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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manca copertina, scarsa legatura
  vecchiopoggi | Jan 10, 2017 |
I'm no medieval Italian literary scholar, and as such, the only way I was going to read the world's most famous poem was in this form - translated to English and loaded with explanatory footnotes and summaries. Unquestionably, the beauty and purity and essence of the original poem was lost on me. Translator John Ciardi (who probably did an excellent job here, but I'll never know for sure) laments as much in this edition's introduction. Without the footnotes, let alone the translation, I wouldn't have understood more than five percent of Dante's brilliance. With them, I might have gotten to fifty. Regardless, it probably isn't fair for me to talk about the actual Divine Comedy with any semblance of authority; instead, I'll just say that I appreciated all the contributions Dante made here to the popular conceptions of heaven, hell, and purgatory. Quite an enduring legacy! ( )
  steve520 | Dec 10, 2016 |
One of the absolute summits of western (arguably, world) literature.

The general outline is well-enough known: Dante has a vision (on Easter weekend, 1300) in which he visits Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. (The vision frame is external to the poem itself; the Dante inside the poem is the dreamer from the very beginning.) He is guided through the first two realms (well, all of Hell and most of Purgatory) by Virgil, and through the rest of Purgatory and all of Heaven by Beatrice, the focus of his early work La Vita Nuova. He begins in a dark wood, "selva oscura" and ends with the beatific vision of the union of the Christian Trinity and the Aristotelian unmoved mover: "l'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle".

On its way he maintains a multi-level allegory, fills it with an encyclopaedia of his day's science, history, and theology, carries out an extended argument regarding the (sad) politics of his day and of his beloved Florence, from which he was an exile, and does so in verse which stays at high level of virtuosity throughout. It's the sort of thing that writers like Alanus de Insulis tried in a less ambitious way and failed (well, failed by comparison: who except specialists reads the De Planctu Naturae these days?).

There is no equivalent achievement, and very few at the same level. This would get six stars if they were available. ( )
2 vote jsburbidge | Sep 23, 2016 |
DO NOT BUY THIS EBOOK. The Kindle edition has no intro, no note from the translator (Longfellow), no note from a colleague of the translator, no context for the poem, nothing at all extra to help one appreciate and understand this great work of literature and translation, and no note that this edition is not complete. Once again, Amazon has cheated ebook readers. ( )
1 vote chibitika | Aug 28, 2016 |
What's there to say? He literally wrote the book on Hell (and Purgatory and Paradise) and takes the reader on a stunning journey while scathingly condemning his political foes and those who exiled him from Florence.

Three stars because no english translation can do it justice, but Mandelbaum tends often to skip the rhyme scheme in favor of conveying the meaning of the lines, which is a vast improvement. Also, the format is far inferior to the Bantum Classics edition. ( )
1 vote MullinsModerne | Jun 13, 2016 |
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Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita / mi ritrovai per una selva oscura, / chè la diritta via era smarrita.
Midway 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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