Dante Alighieri

The Divine Comedy
  • The Divine Comedy

    • Dante Alighieri

    • Kristin Atherton (Read by)

    • Jot Davies (Read by)

    • Robin Kirkpatrick (Read by)

    • Robin Kirkpatrick (Translator)

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    The Divine Comedy
    describes Dante's descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice; and finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire and enlightenment, the poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption. This major translation, described by Bernard O'Donoghue as 'likely to be the best modern version of Dante', is published here for the first time in a single volume.

    (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 and belonged to a noble but impoverished family. He met Beatrice, who was to be his muse, in 1274, and when she died in 1290 he sought distraction in philosophy and theology, and wrote La Vita Nuova. He worked on the Divine Comedy from 1308 until near the time of his death in Ravenna in 1321.

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