- 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)
Vita Nuova (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 11 Feb 1999
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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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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.Read more ›