Electronic Arts' thrilling video game "Dante's Inferno" has exploded on the scene and this book provides unique insight into its creation. Presented here in its entirety, the poem provides the original foundation and inspiration for the game.Electronic Arts' thrilling video game "Dante's Inferno" has exploded on the scene and this book provides unique insight into its creation. Presented here in its entirety, the poem provides the original foundation and inspiration for the game.Read Less
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New. This item is printed on demand. The "Divine Comedy" was entitled by Dante himself merely "Commedia, " meaning a poetic composition in a style intermediate between the sustained nobility of tragedy, and the popular tone of elegy. The word had no dramatic i.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-04-19 In this adventurous and stimulating experiment in translation, contemporary poets of quite varied persuasions--from Richard Howard to Deborah Digges--reconsider a looming ancestor, Dante. The 34 cantos of the Inferno are shared among 20 poets all known for their strong original work in English, and some, too, for their distinguished accomplishments as translators. The effect of the book is to summon a multiplicity of voices from the one, and to direct readers not only back to the source but to the varying tempos and temperaments of modern poetry in English. Some readers may, it's true, find the plurality of this Inferno engulfing, but it's difficult not to rejoice in such singular abundance. As a project in translation, this one is uncommonly educating, too, asking readers to make judgments on the various approaches and to decide for themselves what matters most about the poetry. In that sense, literary connoisseurship becomes a seemly match for the moral connoisseurship of Dante's work, where sins and sinners are mapped out with a horrifying vividness, harmoniously observed. All readers will have their own favorites, whether these are Cynthia Macdonald's sleekly vigorous Cantos VI and VII, the devastating elegance of Jorie Graham's XI and XII, or others. And yet, the point is finally the whole--the full company, and not the parts. (May)
Publishers Weekly, 2004-04-26 With 68 7 1/2" x 11" b&w engravings that include helicopters, parking lots, shwarma stands, strip malls, chain-link fences, concrete stairs and skyscrapers, Dante's Inferno is brought into the present by illustrator Sandow Brik, and into English by Brik and Marcus Sanders, a contributing editor to Surfline.com. Their sophisticated Valley-speak ("the ghosts approached us, all totally deadpan, with zero emotion") may not be for everyone, but it is in synch with Dante's vernacular masterpiece. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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