The Divine Comedy I: Inferno
The first volume of Dante's epic, printed with the original Italian and Robin Kirkpatrick's sublime translation The most famous of the three ... Show synopsis The first volume of Dante's epic, printed with the original Italian and Robin Kirkpatrick's sublime translation The most famous of the three canticles that comprise "The Divine Comedy, Inferno" describes Dante's descent in Hell midway through his life with Virgil as a guide. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonizing torture, Dante encounters doomed souls that include the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicidal Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit. Led by leering demons, Dante must ultimately journey with Virgil to the deepest level of all-for it is only by encountering Satan himself, in the heart of Hell, that he can truly understand the tragedy of sin. Robin Kirkpatrick's new tranlation pays exceptional attention to the originality and force of Dante's narrative. Printed in English with facing pages in Dante's Italian, this edition also offers an introduction, along with commentaries and notes on each Canto by the translator, which identify the historical, cultural, and philosophical issues behind the poem. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.