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Divine Comedy, The, Volume I: Inferno

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This vigorous translation of Inferno preserves Dante's simple, natural style, and captures the swift movement of the original Italian verse.

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Mark Musa's blank verse rendition of the poet's journey through the circles of Hell re-creates for the modern reader the rich meanings that Dante's poem had for his contemporaries. Musa's introduction and commentaries on each of the cantos brilliantly illuminate the text.


"Musa operates on the principle that a translator's first duty is to render the original text as exactly as possible without compromising the literary quality of the work... the best English language version currently available."       ~Library Journal


“Cling fast hold,” said the Master, panting like one weary,
“for by such stairs it behoves to depart from so much evil.”
Then he came forth through the opening of a rock, and placed me upon its edge to sit; then stretched toward me his cautious step.
I raised my eyes, and thought to see Lucifer as I had left him, and I saw him holding his legs upward.
And if I then became perplexed, let the dull folk think it that see not what that point is that I had passed.

~CANTO XXXIV. Ninth Circle: traitors

Author Alighieri, Dante
Commentary Musa, Mark
Translator Musa, Mark
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 430 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1984
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