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The Divine Comedy: Paradise: Paradise v. 3 (Classics) Paperback – 31 Jul 1986

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 3 edition (31 July 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140444432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140444438
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 22.1 cm
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"The English Dante of choice." -Hugh Kenner
"Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths." -Robert Fagles, Princeton University
"A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry." -Henri Peyre, Yale University

The English Dante of choice. Hugh Kenner
Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths. Robert Fagles, Princeton University
A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry. Henri Peyre, Yale University"

About the Author

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 and belonged to a noble but impoverished family. His life was divided by political duties and poetry, the most of famous of which was inspired by his meeting with Bice Portinari, whom he called Beatrice,including La Vita Nuova and The Divine Comedy. He died in Ravenna in 1321.


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...and Love surely was part of Professor Musa's great endeavour in translating the whole Comedy into English: his passion for Dante emanates from every single translated verse and endnote.

Funny however how many reviews and appreciations exist about his first two volumes, and Inferno & Purgatorio generally, but not so for Paradiso: do I suspect that not many reach the end of Dante's supernatural journey? And yet, it's a wonderful Paradise that we encounter in the verses of this cantica.

Many first time readers of the Inferno must have finished it in a few sittings; the Purgatorio continues the narrative interest. It can likewise be read quickly, in a few days, in the knowledge that the reader will return to master the identities of some of the characters, or puzzle out some of the more obscure points. The third section od the Divine Comedy is different. The Paradiso is a work of prodigious originality, where the effects achieved may be found in other artistic forms (i.e., painting and music, to name two), but not often in literature. Why?

Because Dante is going to achieve what the 4th Gospel said it was impossible -- at the end of this cantica he will see God, or at the very least, as words and vision fail, he will have come as close to seeing God as anyone else in literature. In fact, the Paradise is the boldest work of Western literature, since, if it achieves its effect, it will have ceased to be an imaginary narrative and will have led the reader to the vision experienced by the pilgrim-poet. Its aim is nothing less than to enable us to see God.
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Musa's translation of Paradise is surely his crowning achievement. The clarity and beauty of this translation, together with his very insightful notes, has yet to be surpassed in my view. And although I consider Pinsky's and Merwin's translations of the Inferno and Purgatorio as somewhat more powerful, I use Musa's notes throughout the Divine Comedy.

Even though the Comedy (naturally) contains scholastic elements, the poem's originality, coupled with its existential dimension, make sure the Divine Comedy still resonates.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Durling > Sinclair 9 Mar. 2017
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Durling avoids the clumsiness that attends a slavishly literal translation and attains fluidity and readability without sacrificing accuracy, and this is no small feat for Dante's poem, especially its final third. There are existing prose translations -- most notably John Sinclair's, originally published over 60 years ago. But Durling's seems to me the most accurate without being less readable. In addition, Sinclair's translation often has an archaic flavor that Durling typically avoids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that many have missed for various reasons 20 April 2014
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After giving up on this volume of The Divine Comeday several times in my younger years, I decided to give the work another try. I thought maybe maturity would make it manageable this time. That did help, but the real key to my finishing and benefiting from my experience with Paradise this timewas the inspired translation by Mark Musa. Mr. Musa obviously thought it more important for readers to understand what Dante meant, rather than just providing a word-for-word rendition of the original text, which was after all written in medieval Italian. He also provides plentiful notes and longer explanatory passages. I would recommend this edition to all who are interested in unpacking this monument of medieval literature to stimulate their own thinking about human destiny even in this modern age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The translator of this version is just excellent, presenting the text in a beautiful flowing 29 Mar. 2016
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I bought these 3 volumes for a course, which was then postponed indefinitely. But since I'd already started reading, I kept at it. I'd tried reading/studying the Divine Comedy before, without success - too dry. The translator of this version is just excellent, presenting the text in a beautiful flowing, readable English.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Divine Comedy Paradiso (Xist Classics) 29 Jan. 2017
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The version of the Paradiso that I purchased was supposed to have been translated by Mark Musa. It wasn't. I input the opening lines into Google and discovered that it was translated by the Rev. H. F. Cary.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent translation for Dante's trilogy 5 Mar. 2016
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Excellent translation for Dante's trilogy. Super clear to understand what the lines mean and who the different characters are. Highly recommend this version.
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