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Dante Alighieri , Steve Ellis
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2 Aug 2007 Vintage Classics

Welcome to Hell.

One evening, Dante finds himself lost in a dark and menacing wood. The ghost of Virgil offers to lead him to safety but the path lies through the terrifying kingdom of Satan, where Dante witnesses the strange and gruesome sufferings of the damned.

Written while Dante was in exile and under threat of being burned at the stake, this dramatic, frightening and, at times, sardonically humorous vision of Hell still has the power to shock and horrify


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; Reprint edition (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099511975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099511977
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Energetic, racy, rude and lyrical...buy this translation and spend a damn good season in hell" (Independent)

"A tour de force, alive, immediate, energetic and very moving" (A.S. Byatt)

"Excellent. Dante's vision vibrates again in all its original colour.The effect is dazzling" (Independent on Sunday)

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'I found myself on the edge of that profound pit of pain/ that reservoir of endless tears.'

Inferno, IV, 8-9


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Translation 2 April 2010
Format:Paperback
There is a critique on the Penguin Classics version of Inferno that was translated by Robin Kirkpatrick, that stressed the reader found it difficult to enjoy the text due to not feeling sufficiently educated in History and Biblical lore. As for myself, I do not feel that I am particularly educated in these subjects either, but in this Vintage Classic version of Dante's Inferno, I certainly did not find that this affected whether I enjoyed it or not. The commentary put forward by Steve Ellis is very good and it flows well. Where in the past I felt like I would tend to ignore side notes and just wished to get on with the text, I found it very easy to read them and not feel as though I was getting side tracked. All in all, I actually found the text to be a pretty straight forward and easy read. As for the content in Inferno, it chilled me right to the bone and I loved every Canto.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for first-time readers 27 Jun 2010
By Blink
Format:Paperback
This is a review for the Steve Ellis translation of Dante's Inferno.

Long have I tried to find the perfect translation for what is, to my mind, an essential piece of literature. None so far have quite lived up to my expectations; either they stick too rigidly to the text, making the lines themselves garbled and difficult to understand, or they use so much poetic license it's barely Dante's words at all. Maybe I've just been unlucky.
Steve Ellis' version has been the best so far, however. Yes, it's quite sparse. In places, it doesn't really feel like poetry, and occasionally the modern phrasing jars the reader and takes away from the grand feel of the story. But it is clear, concise, and easy to understand, and it's as good a place to start as any for first-time readers of Dante. This isn't my perfect translation, but at least now I can become comfortable with the story before renewing my quest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From hell 24 Mar 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"Midway life's journey I was made aware/that I had strayed into a dark forest..." Those eerie words open the first cantica of Dante Alighieri's "Inferno," the most famous part of the legendary Divina Comedia. But the stuff going on here is anything but divine, as Dante explores the metaphorical and supernatural horrors of the inferno.

The date is Good Friday of the year 1300, and Dante is lost in a creepy dark forest, being assaulted by a trio of beasts who symbolize his own sins. But suddenly he is rescued ("Not man; man I once was") by the legendary poet Virgil, who takes the despondent Dante under his wing -- and down into Hell.

But this isn't a straightforward hell of flames and dancing devils. Instead, it's a multi-tiered carnival of horrors, where different sins are punished with different means. Opportunists are forever stung by insects, the lustful are trapped in a storm, the greedy are forced to battle against each other, and the violent lie in a river of boiling blood, are transformed into thorn bushes, and are trapped on a volcanic desert.

If nothing else makes you feel like being good, then "The Inferno" might change your mind. The author loads up his "Inferno" with every kind of disgusting, grotesque punishment that you can imagine -- and it's all wrapped up in an allegorical journey of humankind's redemption, not to mention dissing the politics of Italy and Florence.

Along with Virgil -- author of the "Aeneid" -- Dante peppered his Inferno with Greek myth and symbolism. Like the Greek underworld, different punishments await different sins; what's more, there are also appearances by harpies, centaurs, Cerberus and the god Pluto. But the sinners are mostly Dante's contemporaries, from corrupt popes to soldiers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece 10 Jan 2010
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Both a twisting tale of one man's journey through hell and a perfect allegory of the Guelph-Ghillebine conflict of the 11th and 12th centuries, "Inferno," the first part of Dante's "Divine Comedy" (although the prefix "divine" was not added until the 16th century) follows Dante through the 10 circles of hell, as he follows his guide, the Roman poet Virgil, towards safety from the dark wood of middle life in which he is lost. Both gripping and witty, "Inferno" garauntees a relatively short, yet totally enthralling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial translation 26 May 2013
By Bompoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Altough plain English translations of the Inferno abound, this version accomplishes the task of being straightforward without sacrificing vigor or becoming simplistic. I would, however, not buy this translation based on the previous review which quotes the opening lines of a different translation. Ellis' version benefits from the comparison: "Halfway throuh our trek in life/I found myself in this dark wood,/miles away from the right road./It's no easy thing to talk about,/this place, so dire and dismal/I'm terrified just remembering it!/Death itself can hardly be worse;/but since I got some good there/I'll talk about the bad as well./I can't say how I wandered in,/I was in such slumber/the moment I left the right way." The Vintage Classics edition also has helpful footnotes, an essential commonplace with Dante translations.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Hell 9 Feb 2010
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Midway life's journey I was made aware/that I had strayed into a dark forest..." Those eerie words open the first cantica of Dante Alighieri's "Inferno," the most famous part of the legendary Divina Comedia. But the stuff going on here is anything but divine, as Dante explores the metaphorical and supernatural horrors of the inferno.

The date is Good Friday of the year 1300, and Dante is lost in a creepy dark forest, being assaulted by a trio of beasts who symbolize his own sins. But suddenly he is rescued ("Not man; man I once was") by the legendary poet Virgil, who takes the despondent Dante under his wing -- and down into Hell.

But this isn't a straightforward hell of flames and dancing devils. Instead, it's a multi-tiered carnival of horrors, where different sins are punished with different means. Opportunists are forever stung by insects, the lustful are trapped in a storm, the greedy are forced to battle against each other, and the violent lie in a river of boiling blood, are transformed into thorn bushes, and are trapped on a volcanic desert.

If nothing else makes you feel like being good, then "The Inferno" might change your mind. The author loads up his "Inferno" with every kind of disgusting, grotesque punishment that you can imagine -- and it's all wrapped up in an allegorical journey of humankind's redemption, not to mention dissing the politics of Italy and Florence.

Along with Virgil -- author of the "Aeneid" -- Dante peppered his Inferno with Greek myth and symbolism. Like the Greek underworld, different punishments await different sins; what's more, there are also appearances by harpies, centaurs, Cerberus and the god Pluto. But the sinners are mostly Dante's contemporaries, from corrupt popes to soldiers.

And Dante's skill as a writer can't be denied -- the grotesque punishments are enough to make your skin crawl ("Fixed in the slime, groan they, 'We were sullen and wroth...'"), and the grand finale is Satan himself, with legendary traitors Brutus, Cassius and Judas sitting in his mouths. (Yes, I said MOUTHS, not "mouth")

More impressive still is his ability to weave the poetry out of symbolism and allegory, without it ever seeming preachy or annoying. Even pre-hell, we have a lion, a leopard and a wolf, which symbolize different sins, and a dark forest that indicates suicidal thoughts. And the punishments themselves usually reflect the person's flaws, such as false prophets having their heads twisted around so they can only see what's behind them. Wicked sense of humor.

Dante's vivid writing and wildly imaginative "inferno" makes this the most fascinating, compelling volume of the Divine Comedy. Never fun, but always spellbinding and complicated.
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