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Poet and translator Steve Ellis completes his new version of Dante's Divine Comedy, the astonishing epic that has shaped art and culture since the 14th century

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

Praise for Steve Ellis's translation of Inferno:
'A considerable tour de force, alive, immediate, energetic and very moving' A.S. Byatt
'Energetic, racy, rude and lyrical...buy this translation and spend a damn good season in hell' Independent
'It's good to have a version which one can read through with excitement in a few hours. This edition benefits also from the economical but always helpful footnotes on each page... Steve Ellis deserves our gratitude...for introducing - as he surely will do - new readers to the Inferno' Stephen Spender, Sunday Telegraph

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  • Paperback

    9781784871987

    July 2, 2019

    Vintage Classics

    672 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141197494

    November 21, 2012

    Penguin Classics

    736 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780142437223

    April 24, 2003

    Penguin Classics

    432 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri

    Hardback

    9781857151831

    June 30, 1995

    Everyman

    798 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140444438

    November 1, 1986

    Penguin Classics

    464 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140444421

    July 1, 1985

    Penguin Classics

    428 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9781473546578

    May 2, 2019

    Vintage Digital

    672 pages

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  • The Divine Comedy
    Dante Dante, Dante Alighieri

    EBook

    9780141970646

    November 21, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    736 pages

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  • The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri, Dante Dante

    EBook

    9780141916446

    April 27, 2006

    Penguin eBooks

    560 pages

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