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Vita Nuova (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 11 Feb 1999

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (11 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192839357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192839350
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,005,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An accurate and readable translation with useful introduction and notes, very suitable for classes on "Dante-in-translation."--Steven Botterill, University of California


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AFTER the departure of this worthy lady it pleased the Lord of angels to call to his glory a young lady of exceedingly kind aspect, loved and admired in the aforementioned city. Read the first page
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2008
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Anyone who has read Dante's legendary "Divine Comedy" will know of his passion for a woman named Beatrice, who was his tour guide through heaven.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg, as "La Vita Nuova (The New Life)" shows in detail. This exquisite little book describes Dante's passion for Beatrice, and the emotional rollercoaster he went through as a result. This is Dante's unsung, more intimate masterpiece.

"La Vita Nuova" is a series of poems and anecdotes centering around the life-changing love of Dante for a young woman named Beatrice. The two first met when they were young children, of about eight. Dante instantly fell in love with her, but didn't really interact with her for several years.

Over the years, Dante's almost supernatural love only increased in intensity, and he poured out his feelings (grief, adoration, fear) into several poems and sonnets. During an illness, he has a vision about mortality, himself, and his beloved Beatrice ("One day, inevitably, even your most gracious Beatrice must die"). Beatrice died at the age of twenty-four, and Dante committed himself to the memory of his muse.

It would be a hard task to find another book overflowing with such incredible love and passion as "La Vita Nuova"; it's probably the most romantic book I have ever seen. Dante's feelings might seem a bit odd by modern standards, because Dante and Beatrice were never romantically involved. In fact, both of them married other people. But at the time, courtly love was considered the best, purest kind there is, and Dante's emotions are a perfect example of this.
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'Vita Nuova' (which means 'new life') is one of Dante's earliest major works. This prose translation by Professor Mark Musa is easy to read, yet accurate and not lacking any rigour. The poet (Dante) describes how he falls in love with this most charming lady, Beatrice, and how he finally gets over her death. The introduction at the beginning of the book illustrates how Dante has meticulously planned the structure of 'Vita Nuovo', and the importance of the number nine and its sole root, three, which is the number of the Christian holy Trinity. Contrary to troubadour love, Dante convincingly reconciles love for a woman and love for God. Read this if you find 'The Divine Comedy' too long to start with, but you'll soon discover that you'll need to purchase the latter, available at Amazon.co.uk, too! It is no wonder that Dante (or more accurately, his works) has been termed the 'fifth Gospel'. A must-read for all, Christians and non-Christians alike.
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The Vita Nuova is an inspiring little book of poetry inspired by love. Eloquently written in a beautiful prose style, this collection of poems describes love as something spiritual, noble and elevated. Hugely enjoyed reading it!
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Perfect. Many thanks.
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