Dante Alighieri – The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

The Divine Comedy describes Dante’s descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice; and finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire and enlightenment, the poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption.

This volume includes a new introduction, notes, maps and diagrams

‘The perfect balance of tightness and colloquialism… likely to be the best modern version of Dante’ – Bernard O’Donoghue

‘The most moving lines literature has achieved’ – Jorge Luis Borges

‘This version is the first to bring together poetry and scholarship in the very body of the translation – a deeply-informed version of Dante that is also a pleasure to read’ – Professor David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania

Individual editions of Robin Kirkpatrick’s translation – Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso – are also available in Penguin Classics, and include Dante’s Italian printed alongside the English text.

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