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Inferno : Vintage Classics - Dante Alighieri


Vintage Classics

By: Dante Alighieri, Steve Ellis (Introduction by, Translator)


Published: 9th May 2013
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A fresh, quick-paced, modern verse translation of this influential and still shocking classic Welcome to hell. On Good Friday evening in the year 1300, Dante finds himself lost in a dark and menacing wood. The ghost of Virgil offers to lead him to safety but the path lies through the terrifying kingdom of Satan. On his journey deep into the underworld, Dante crosses paths with both old acquaintances and famous characters from history as he witnesses the strange and gruesome sufferings of the damned. Written while Dante was in exile and under threat of being burned at the stake, this dramatic, frightening, and, at times, sardonically humorous vision of hell is of the best known and most admired artistic works in the Western tradition. Its influence on culture cannot be overestimated, extending to, among many other artists and works, Botticelli, William Blake, T. S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Salvador Dali, The Wizard of Oz, Neil Gaiman, Betty Ford, Radiohead, and Thomas Harris.

"Energetic, racy, rude and lyrical...buy this translation and spend a damn good season in hell" Independent "A tour de force, alive, immediate, energetic and very moving" -- A.S. Byatt "Excellent. Dante's vision vibrates again in all its original colour.The effect is dazzling" Independent on Sunday

ISBN: 9780099583424
ISBN-10: 0099583429
Series: Vintage Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 9th May 2013
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.17