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Inferno : Popular Penguins

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Published: 28th June 2010
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Describing Dante's descent into Hell midway through his life with Virgil as a guide, Inferno depicts a cruel underworld in which desperate figures are condemned to eternal damnation for committing one or more of seven deadly sins. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonising torture, Dante encounters doomed souls including the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicide Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit. Led by leering demons, the poet must ultimately journey with Virgil to the deepest level of all. For it is only by encountering Satan, in the heart of Hell, that he can truly understand the tragedy of sin.

About The Author

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 and belonged to a noble but impoverished family. He followed a normal course of studies, possibly attending university in Bologna, and when he was about twenty he married Gemma Donati, by whom he had several children. He had first met Bice Portinati, whom he called Beatrice, in 1274, and when she died in 1290, he sought distraction by studying philosophy and theology and by writing La Vita Nuova.

During this time he became involved in the strife between the Guelfs and the Ghibellines; he became a prominent White Guelf, and when the Black Guelfs came to power in 1302, Dante, during an absence from Florence, was condemned to exile. He took refuge first in Verona, and after wandering from place to place - as far as Paris and even, some have said, to Oxford - he settled in Ravenna. While there he completed The Divine Comedy, which he began in about 1308. Dante died in Ravenna in 1321.



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Classic Literature at its best


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    Comments about Inferno : Popular Penguins:

    On reading Dan Brown's book Inferno, I wanted to read where he got his references from; and Dante's book delivered. Its not a book for people who don't like the classics like I do, but as an insight to the way books were written by authors of the time, it was enjoyable.

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    CANTO 1

    1 Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita. mi ritrovai per una selva oscura, che' la diritta via era smarrita.

    4 Ahi quanto a dir qual era e` cosa dura esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte che nel pensier rinova la paura!

    7 Tant' e` amara che poco e` piu` morte; ma per trattar del ben ch'i' vi trovai, diro` de l'altre cose ch'i' v'ho scorte.

    10 Io non so ben ridir com'i' v'intrai, tant' era pien di sonno a quel punto che la verace via abbandonai.

    13 Ma poi ch'i' fui al pie` d'un colle giunto, la` dove terminava quella valle che m'avea di paura il cor compunto,

    16 guardai in alto, e vidi le sue spalle vestite gia` de' raggi del pianeta che mena dritto altrui per ogne calle.

    19 Allor fu la paura un poco queta che nel lago del cor m'era durata la notte ch'i' passai con tanta pieta.

    22 E come quei che con lena affannata, uscito fuor del pelago a la riva, si volge a l'acqua perigliosa e guata:

    25 cosı` l'animo mio, ch'ancor fuggiva, si volse a retro a rimirar lo passo che non lascio` gia` mai persona viva.

    CANTO 1

    1* At one point midway on our path in life, I came around and found myself now searching through a dark wood, the right way blurred and lost.

    4 How hard it is to say what that wood was, a wilderness, savage, brute, harsh and wild. Only to think of it renews my fear!

    7* So bitter, that thought, that death is hardly worse. But since my theme will be the good I found there, I mean to speak of other things I saw.

    10 I do not know, I cannot rightly say, how first I came to be here – so full of sleep, that moment, abandoning the true way on.

    13* But then, on reaching the foot of a hill which marked the limit of the dark ravine that had before so pierced my heart with panic,

    16 I looked to that height and saw its shoulders already clothed in rays from the planet that leads all others, on any road, aright.

    19 My fears, at this, were somewhat quieted, though terror, awash in the lake of my heart, had lasted all the night I'd passed in anguish.

    22 And then, like someone labouring for breath who, safely reaching shore from open sea, still turns and stares across those perilous waves,

    25 so in my mind – my thoughts all fleeing still – I turned around to marvel at that strait that let no living soul pass through till now.

    ISBN: 9780141195155
    ISBN-10: 0141195150
    Series: Popular Penguins
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 450
    Published: 28th June 2010
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 14.9  x 3.5
    Weight (kg): 0.32
    Edition Number: 1