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Good for first-time readers,
This review is from: Inferno (Vintage Classics) (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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Initial post: 10 Mar 2012 15:32:16 GMT
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Kevin M. says:
I have had a similar search for a suitable translation and found Francis Cary to be excellent. Gustave Doré's wonderful illustrations are an added bonus- ISBN: 0907853405. Second hand hardback copies start from about £15.
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