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The Divine Comedy by [James, Clive, Alighieri, Dante]
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Length: 560 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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Renowned critic and poet Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and Clive James's new translation - his life's work and decades in the making - presents Dante's entire epic poem in a single song.

While many poets and translators have attempted to capture the full glory of The Divine Comedy in English, many have fallen short, according to Clive James. Victorian verse translations established an unfortunate tradition of reproducing the sprightly rhyming measures of Dante but at the same time betraying the strain on the translator's powers of invention. For Dante, the dramatic human stories of Hell were exciting, but the spiritual studies of Purgatory and the sublime panoramas of Heaven were no less so.

In this incantatory new translation, James - defying the convention by writing in quatrains - tackles these problems head-on and creates a striking and hugely accessible translation that gives us The Divine Comedy as a whole, unified, and dramatic work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1298 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (15 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars I thought this might be beyond me but..... 4 August 2013
By Linda Herbison - Published on
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Most of it is fairly easy to read (i am reading it out loud with a group of like minded friends). James has integrated the copious footnotes in other translations into the text for extra clarity but I find I do have to look up many of the references. We meet once a week and I now really look forward to our Friday afternoons. Not only that, I am learning heaps about so many other parts of history. I would recommend it to anyone who has heard of Dante's Divine Comedy but has been daunted by some other translations. But bear in mind this is poetry, not a story so it takes a bit more work but it is so rewarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The easy way in to this classic 21 July 2013
By John Alsop - Published on
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I've tried reading this European masterpiece before, in translation. But while the architecture of the work was amazing, line by line it was often a hard slog. By creating a beautifully poised rendering in English with the allusions decoded in the text itself, Clive James has finally made this masterwork readable for me, while creating a new thing of great beauty, pleasurable in itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 August 2013
By Barrie Downey - Published on
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Clive James' poetic skills in abundance. Structure as close to perfect as it can be - maintained throughout the lengthy work.

Importantly for me, the CJ voice is there throughout.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dante a new translation. 25 November 2013
By Tura - Published on
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Intellectual Clive James translation of the Divine comedy. Requires a degree of concentration which by necessity needs to be read in a part by part style.
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterwork remastered 2 October 2014
By Rushy in Tas - Published on
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A beautifully remastering of a master work. I'm in awe.