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Dante (Ciardi, Trans) : Purgatorio (Mentor Series) [Mass Market Paperback]


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1 May 1974 0451622065 978-0451622068
At the pinnacle of a grand and prolific career, W. S. Merwin has given us a shimmering new verse translation of the central section of Dante's Divine Comedy -- the Purgatorio.
Led by Virgil, inspired by his love for Beatrice, Dante makes the arduous journey up the Mountain of Purgatory, where souls are cleansed to prepare them for the ultimate ascent to heaven.  Presented with the original Italian text, and with Merwin's notes and commentary, this luminous new interpretation of Dante's great poem of sin, repentance, and salvation is a profoundly moving work of art and the definitive translation for our time.

From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1 May 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451622065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451622068
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,616,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A real surprise! 27 May 2007
By rater25 - Published on Amazon.com
So many "translations" by poets are really not translations at all, but adaptations. Some of these can be quite interesting on their own merits. But they are so free as to not count as an experience of the original work.

Not so here. Merwin is seriously respectful of the meaning of the original Italian. And yet his version reads quite well as (rather plain) English verse. By the end one is completely won over. Notes are spare but to the point.

If the Comedy has a weak sister, the Purgatorio might be it. But you would not think so from this very committed translation.

Let's hope Merwin gives us his Inferno and Paradiso.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work 8 Feb 2007
By K. Jennings - Published on Amazon.com
The Purgatorio continues Dante's Divine Comedy. Here Dante relates the second portion of his journey, up the mountain and terraces of Purgatory. While it is not as interesting to me, personally, as the Inferno or Paradiso. I nonetheless found it to be indispensible. While it suffers from the same flaws as many intermediary books of a given trilogy it provides an excellent bridge between the two other works.
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