Discover this fresh, pacy, modern translation of an enduring literary classic.
Halfway through life, you find yourself lost, unsure of the right path. Greed, deception and pride have led you away from the ideals and dreams you cherished in younger days. How do you go on?
This is the starting point of one of the most extraordinary and important journeys in western literature, a stunningly ambitious flight of imagination and philosophy which has reverberated down the years since Dante Alighieri first wrote it down in the fourteenth century. The Divine Comedy
is a vision of the afterlife, the three regions of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, through which the narrator must journey in order to better understand the workings of the universe, the love of God, and his place in the world.
Poet and translator Steve Ellis translated the Inferno in 1994, and it was greeted with great acclaim. Now Ellis's translation of the entire poem is published here for the first time, and Dante's epic can be experienced afresh and in new glorious life and colour, the physicality and immediacy of Dante's verse rendered in English as never before.
A NEW TRANSLATION BY STEVE ELLIS "Steve Ellis is himself a poet, a Dante scholar, an art historian, a medievalist and a specialist in modernism, an authority on Yeats, Eliot and Pound, and on what they learned from Dante. His translation has all the directness of modern common speech, our vernacular, while giving space also to Dante's powerful and plain rhetorical eloquence. It is a considerable tour-de-force, alive, immediate, terribly energetic, and very moving." --A.S. Byatt "Steve Ellis has aimed for a tangy, stripped-down concision, and got it . . . simultaneously clear and energetic . . . This is a very physical, immediately painful hell. It makes you wince." --Guardian "Excellent. Dante's vision vibrates again in all its original colour. The effect is dazzling." --Independent on Sunday "Energetic, racy, rude and lyrical . . . buy this translation and spend a damn good season in hell." --Independent
The Divine Comedy