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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
  • ASIN: B00CBQG0BY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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