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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Knockabout (10 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861661699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861661695
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best introduction imaginable to the greatest poem ever written. --Nick Lezard - The Guardian

Raise your hopes all ye who enter here...Hunt Emerson's INFERNO is hot as hell! -- --Sir Christopher Frayling

"I m hoping plans are in action to adapt the other two parts of the Divine Comedy (Purgatorio and Paradiso), because I feel that Hunt Emerson and Kevin Jackson have done such a magnificent job with Inferno that I am already enthusiastically awaiting their follow up to it." - --Cuckoo Review

About the Author

HUNT EMERSON began drawing comics in the early 1970s, and is among Britain's best humorous cartoonists. His irreverent adaptations of literature include Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner and the life of Casanova in Casanova's Last Stand. He has worked with Kevin Jackson on comic books dealing with the ideas of 19th century artist, writer, critic and political theorist John Ruskin. Most recently he has drawn Little Plum and Ratz for The Beano. He has won many awards including the UK s Strip Cartoonist of the Year, and was chosen as one of 75 Masters of European Comics by France's CNBDI. His work has been translated into 10 languages. Much of his life has been influenced by childhood readings of MAD magazine.


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...and I don't only mean Dante. Hunt Emerson's retelling/guide/analysis of The Inferno is a thing of wonder. It's on my bookshelf next to the Barbara Reynolds. What he does is, he brings out Dante's humour (parts of The Inferno are hilarious) and slyly pokes fun at the over-intellectualising of the poem. Dante is there to be enjoyed! Also check out his version of Lady Chatterly's Lover and his absolutely brilliant Rime of the Ancient Mariner which faithfully follows Coleridge's text. Emerson evidently loves, understands and FEELS the works he illustrates. Great stuff.
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Very entertaining and imaginative presentation to this masterpiece of European literature. Just one disappointment - the description of Mohammed was omitted in this version. The writers decided that Dante was too "nasty" in describing the fate of the prophet. There have been calls to ban the Divine Comedy because some people consider it to be homophobic and Islamophobic. But we are talking about Dante, a fourteenth century Tuscan Christian. Whatever contemporary sensitivities and sensabilities are, the integrity of one of the greatest works of literature should not be compromised.
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I read the Inferno both before and after reading this, and I can honestly say it made a lot more sense the second time around. Hunt Emerson's illustrations are both witty and ambitious and the writing manages to stay remarkably close to the source material while still being very funny. A must for those interested in Dante and those interested in comics in general.
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This is laugh out loud funny. I read Dante's Inferno a long time ago, and didn't really get it, but having raced through Hunt Emerson's version I'm inspire to go back and try again.
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Kevin Kackson - doncha just love it? Which circle of Hell shall we consign sloppy editors to? (Tho', actually, typos are venial.) If you thought life was too short for Dante.. think again
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Great stuff. If you find yourself outside the gate of Hell and there's no sign of Virgil, then Emerson and Jackson will get you through. Emerson's style suits the parade of grotesques and monsters, and there are at least a few nods to the spirit of the original. Time to get down the Italian grammar and tackle the original.
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A CRACKER! My 8yo son is now putting 'Dante's Inferno' on his read-a-thon book list after reading the whole thing in an afternoon.
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