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Salvation of the human soul and transformation,
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This review is from: The Divine Comedy (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Dante went on a highly imaginative trip through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise to purge his soul. Since he was 35 when this occurred he was probably suffering from midlife crisis. Much discussion takes place concerning political and religious strife in Italy and many allusions are made to people, real and imagined whom he meets in Hell (including a pope). The Cambridge Companion to Dante was helpful in understanding this book. All in all it's interesting and the images are vivid and original, some terrifying!