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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful translation of an amazing work., 16 Nov 2000
Joscelyn Godwin's translation has made the entire text of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili readily available to an Anglophone readership for the first time in the book's 501-year history, bringing to light what was formerly the preserve of a few savants deeply knowledgable in Renaissance Italian language and culture. What has always been accessible, meanwhile, namely the book's singularly elegant design, which combined numerous innovations in the fields of typography, page layout and illustration, have been painstakingly emulated by Thames and Hudson, and their printers, for this edition. One suspects that this book has more often been admired as an artefact and consummate relic of its time, than enjoyed as a work of literature, but Godwin's translation, which deliberately smooths many of the original text's convolutions, offers many delights, and immerses us in Poliphilo's fervent dream. The body of the book relates the hero's progress through his dreamworld, a paradise strewn with magnificent buildings and colossal ruins whose architecture is described in loving, even fetishistic detail; and populated for the most part by comely nymphs wearing diaphanous gowns. On the simplest level, this is escapist fantasy, embodying the author's sensual longings, and beyond that are, I presume, levels of allegorical meaning not obvious to a casual reader such as myself. By no means does one need, however, to understand every sign and symbol, in order to derive great pleasure from reading this amazing work.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, 17 Dec 2003
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Immense thanks to Thames & Hudson for reproducing this work in full - the first time it has been available in translation for several centuries, complete with ravishing prints. I first discovered this work because Giorgione was said to have been captivated and greatly influence by it; but it was just as likely to have had a major impact elsewhere. Read it if you want to be stunned. Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 16 May 2013
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This review is from: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream (Paperback)
A couple of years ago I read 'The Rule of Four'. Since then, I started to research more about the Hypnerotomachia. When I found out this translation, I considered this a 'must-have'. When it arrived and I started to read, I felt like I've finally found the book of my life.

Quality incredible, excellent price, arrived in excellent time and conditions. Strongly recommended for true fans of the Arts.
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Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream by Joscelyn Godwin (Paperback - 21 Mar 2005)
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