Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1) by Dante Alighieri

Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)

Guided by the poet Virgil, Dante plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God. Together they descend through the twenty-four circles of the underworld and encounter the tormented souls of the damned - from heretics and pagans to gluttons, criminals and seducers - who tell of their sad fates and predict events still to come in Dante's life. In this first part of his Divine Comedy, Dante fused satire and humour ...


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TitleInferno (The Divine Comedy #1)
ISBN9780812970067
Author
Release DateDec 9th, 2003
PublisherModern Library
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Poetry, Fiction, Literature
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Reviews Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    2010-09-17
    I just want to start off by saying that "Through me you enter into the City of Woes" would make an EXCELLENT tramp stamp. Jump on it!Being that I am an atheist living in the "Bible Belt," I was certain that reading this would lead to some sort of goodreads tirade, which can at times feel about as good as vomiting up a sour stomach or...you know...doing other stuff like shit that ladies don't do. However, I was from the outset hypnotized by Dante'...
  • Glenn Russell
    2015-11-25
    Dante’s Inferno - the first book I was assigned to read in my high school World Literature class. Back then I couldn’t get over how much the emotion of fear set the tone as I read each page. I recently revisited this classic. Rather than a more conventional review – after all, there really is nothing I can add as a way of critical commentary –- as a tribute to the great poet, I would like to share the below microfiction I wrote a number o...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2016-11-13
    One of the great classics that everyone should attempt reading once. For Walking Dead fans, had there been no Dante, there could never have been a Kirkman. There is incredible violence and suffering (it is Hell after all), but the relationship between Virgil and Dante is a beautiful one that evolves as their descend lower and lower.I read both the John Ciardi translation in verse (rhyming for the first and third lines in each stanza trying to kee...
  • Manny
    2008-11-27
    The other day, in the comment thread to her review of The Aeneid, Meredith called The Divine Comedy "lame": specifically, she objected to the fact that Dante put all the people he didn't like in Hell. Well, Meredith, you're perfectly welcome to your opinions - but I'm half Italian, and I've been politely informed that if I don't respond in some way I'm likely to wake up some morning and find a horse's head lying next to me. So here goes.I actuall...
  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    2008-09-09
    THIS BOOK IS ABOUT HOW HELL IS GONNA SUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK
  • Nefariousbig
    2013-10-08
    A fantastic representation of Dante's Inferno - Nine Circles of Hell as divined by divine Lego artist, Mahai Marius Mihu. This is as close as I hope to get to understanding the Nine Circles according to Dante Alighieri. i. LIMBO - A place of monotony, here the souls are punished to wander in restless existence while they moan helplessly in echoes between the ruins of a templeii. LUST - Surrounded by erotic representations, those overcome by lust ...
  • Bill Kerwin
    2007-06-30
    An excellent translation--even better than John Ciardi. Like Ciardi, Pinsky is a real poet and makes Dante the poet come alive. His verse has muscularity and force, and his decision to use half-rhyme is an excellent one, since it allows us to attend to the narrative undistracted.
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2008-07-11
    Inferno (La Divina Commedia #1) = The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Volume 1: Inferno, Dante AlighieriThe Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia) is a long narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work in Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative vision of the afterlife is repre...
  • James
    2017-03-11
    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Inferno, the first of three books in the "Divine Comedy" series, written around 1320 by Dante Alighieri. A few pieces of background information for those who many not know, before I get into a mini-review. Inferno, which means "Hell" was one of three books Dante wrote in the 14th century, essentially about the three spaces people occupy after death: Hell (Inferno), Purgatory and Heaven (Paradiso). I've only read I...
  • Maureen
    2015-04-23
    I DID IT. I FINISHED IT. BLESS.This is such an interesting book, though definitely very hard to get through. I think if I was able to read it in Italian it would be a little easier as it would actually be read like Dante intended, but it's still really cool to see all the concepts! This is such an influential piece of literature and is referenced SO MUCH in culture that it is really cool to have a basis for it. I think I may reread this in a diff...
  • Algernon
    2014-02-15
    Before I start talking about the book proper, I have a confession to make: I wasn't sure I really wanted to read philosophical poetry written seven centuries ago. I had doubts about style, quality of translation and my own lack of literary background in decyphering the numerous Christian and mythological references, not to mention political and cultural trivia from Dante's Florence. Thanks to my Goodreads friends, I took the plunge and I can repo...
  • Vessey
    2015-10-13
    I realize that I need to edit one particular part, but this review means a lot to me and I would like for it to stay the way it was written, regardless of the revalations and events that took place later.Beautifully written and emotionally draining. However, this isn't simply a tale of terror. It is a philosophical and, I suppose, historical work as well. (I learned interesting historical facts). Who among us are sinners? Who are the righteous on...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2016-12-09
    About TranslationIt took me a while to decide on the translation to use. After a few days of research and asking around, I shortlisted Musa and Hollander. Went with Hollander since it seemed better organized. Turned out to be a good choice.The translation is fluid and easy on the ear. The Italian version is also available when you want to just read the Italian purely for the sound of verse. I am no judge of the fidelity of the various translation...
  • Nahed.E
    2015-04-07
    عشت مع كلمات دانتي ليلتي أمس .. وتأملته وهو يصف حال الفلاسفة والشعراء الذين نتغني بأعمالهم طوال عمرنا وهم في الجحيمفقد كان مأواهم جميعاً في الجحيم تخيل أن تجد سقراط وافلاطون وأرسطو وأبيقور وديموقريطس وهوميروس واين سينا وابن رشد وكليوباترا وأخيل و...
  • Ahmed Ibrahim
    2016-07-17
    استغربت حين رأيت على غلاف الكتاب أنه ترجمة د.سامي الدروبي، وما أعرفه أنه لم يترجمها، ولم تخرج ترجمته خارج الأدب الروسي.. لكن بعد أن قرأت مقدمة المترجم وجدت أن التوقيع عام 2002، ضحكت كثيرًا على كونهم لصوص أغبياء، فسامي الدروبي متوفى في أواخر السبعينات...
  • Foad
    2014-08-31
    ای آن که بدین مکان داخل می شوی، از هر امیدی دست بشوی!سر در دوزخکمدی الهی، شاهکار "دانته" شاعر ایتالیایی، شرح سفر خیالی او از دوزخ به برزخ و سپس به بهشت است. دانته در توصیف طبقات دوزخ و بهشت، از تلفیقی از الهیات مسیحی و اساطیر رومی و تخیل خویش بهره برده ...
  • Γιώργος
    2017-06-28
    uscimmo a riveder le stelle (εβγήκαμε να ξαναδούμε τ' άστρα)Έτσι τελειώνει η Κόλαση, με τον Δάντη και τον οδηγό και δάσκαλό του Βιργίλιο να τελειώνουν το ταξίδι τους βγαίνοντας από τον αναποδογυρισμένο κώνο της Κολάσεως στο νότιο ημισφαίριο της Γης. Μου είναι ...
  • Joseph
    2016-08-20
    The Inferno or Dante Alighieri need little introduction. Most people are familiar with the Divine Comedy regardless of their religion or lack of one. The Divine Comedy is one man's journey with his guide, through Hell and Purgatory, Virgil. Beatrice is his guide in heaven. The Inferno is the journey through the nine layers of hell and, to many, the most interesting of the three journies. Purgatory is a boring place by design and Heaven is well, h...
  • Sura ✿
    2015-10-17
    في البداية لا يمكن انكار ان الترجمه سلبت الكثير من هذه الملحمه الشعريه لكن انصح بترجمه كاظم جهاد فهي الافضل وتحتوي على الاجزاء الثلاثه , بمجلد واحد تعكس هذه اللوحه الرائعه اضطرابات الوضع السياسي والديني في تلك الفتره , وسيطرة الكنيسه وفسادها انذاك...
  • Sarah ❤
    2013-11-17
    I really liked this book because it was just so interesting to learn all the different levels of hell, whose in each, and what the punishment is for every sin.Here’s all the levels:Here is a good map of all the people there:1st Circle of Hell: LimboSecond Circle of Hell: LustThird Circle of Hell: GluttonyFourth Circle of Hell: GreedFifth Circle of Hell: WrathSixth Circle of Hell: HeresySeventh Circle of Hell: ViolenceEight Circle of Hell: Fraud...
  • 7jane
    2014-02-14
    (2016: review to 9780141195872 cover - hardback, red devils cover art:)(I didn't read the main text of this one, but I think I will read the English half at some point.)This one has chronology, introduction, map of Italy, plan of Hell plus commentaries and notes at the end. The main text itself is shown with Italian text on the left side, English on the right side. Commentaries include many comments on the linguistic details that I don't remember...
  • Mary Ronan Drew
    2012-11-07
    4 Reasons to Read Dante's Inferno1. To finally figure out the difference between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. Dante was a Guelph.2. To discover why Constantine made his famous donation.3. To learn some new and ingenious ways to torture your enemies. Dante is very imaginative in this regard.4. To find out what happened to Potiphar's wife, Mohammed, Ulysses, Atilla the Hun, Cleopatra, and Helen of Troy. We meet them all in The Inferno.I recomme...
  • Debbie
    2009-01-26
    I'm not sure where the copy of the book came from. The copyright is one year before I was born, but I don't remember picking it up in a used book store. But I guess that's neither here nor there.I wish I could honestly check off 5 stars and say that my eyes were opened. That I really felt transformed by having read this classic of literature and that I will make it point to re-read it every year on the anniversary of my having discovered the erro...
  • Ritu Raveendran
    2016-05-21
    Inferno is part one of the Divine Comedy Series where Dante Alighieri puts across his version of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven of course based on the Christian perception along with the addition of Greek Mythology.Dante is lead on by his dear friend Virgilius through the Inferno and Purgatory, further Beatrice comes forward to lead him through the Paradise . Dante has divided the hell in 9 circles with further subdivisions and all the sinners namely...
  • Stephen P
    2016-09-29
    I understand there is nothing new I can say about this classic. What I can do is offer my experience of reading Dante’s opus, to hope that by writing the review much more will be revealed to me of my reading than I know here at the start. I imagine I will offer much speculation which has probably been speculated upon for eons. But for me speculation is at the heart of reading and of writing. There is no Virgil to guide me-us. On our own let’s...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2016-11-14
    [Repeat of review of Sinclair translation]One of the great classics that everyone should attempt reading once. For Walking Dead fans, had there been no Dante, there could never have been a Kirkman. There is incredible violence and suffering (it is Hell after all), but the relationship between Virgil and Dante is a beautiful one that evolves as their descend lower and lower.I read both the John Ciardi translation in verse (rhyming for the first an...
  • Andrew Spear
    2008-03-23
    As though I could really give Dante anything but five stars? Seriously, The Inferno in general and this edition in particular is a great read. Anthony Esolen does a great job of not only placing the book in its historical context (almost anyone who can write numbers can do that), but also of helping the reader to appreciate and to almost step inside of the world-view held by Dante himself. This is accomplished both through the use of copious info...
  • Richard Derus
    2014-07-23
    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: This widely praised version of Dante's masterpiece, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award of the Academy of American Poets, is more idiomatic and approachable than its many predecessors. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Pinsky employs slant rhyme and near rhyme to preserve Dante's terza rima form without distorting the flow of English idiom. The result is a clear a...