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The Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)
A faithful yet totally original contemporary spin on a classic, Dante's Inferno as interpreted by acclaimed artist Sandow Birk and writer Marcus Sanders is a journey through a Hell that bears an eerie semblance to our own world. Birk, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of "realism's edgier, more visionary painters," offers extraordinarily nuanced and vivid illustration...more
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some of the characters in hell are supposed to be in…morenot really , the main target here is political . he was against a lot of ideas in religion.
some of the characters in hell are supposed to be in paradise and that was obvious because his own guide "virigil " is from the inhabitants of hell .
another obvious thing was his admiration which appears in the description of the one who challenge god .
he was actually laughing at the justice of god & say that it's not justice .
But also, you must keep in mind that the Inferno is one-third of a larger work, and that Dante saw fit to call the whole thing "the comedy." That's mostly in the old sense of "story with a happy ending" although there is some humor here and there, especially in the Inferno.
And keep in mind, also, that Dante ends the Comedy by having his narrator come back to earth and continue to live his life.
So. Always keeping in mind that Dante is approaching this as a story with a happy ending, his hell certainly is a representation of the society he lived in, and in particular it is a representation of the parts of society that he didn't particularly like. There are a few people whose names we only know because Dante put them in hell, in fact, and a few others who are known elsewhere in history as relatively decent people--but Dante didn't like them, so he stuck them in Inferno.
However, Dante's version of hell is MORE than just a representation of his what's wrong with society. He spends a lot of time asking us, as readers, to think about the very nature of justice. The word he uses is "contrapasso." The punishment fits the crime, symbolically.
Moreover this is a poem about repentance. Yes, evildoers suffer disgusting, torturous punishments in this poem, but several times Dante goes out of his way to say, in effect, "This is terrifying, but they DESERVE this. They're sinners, and they're NOT sorry." He shows us people in hell, yes, people in torment, yes. But when they talk to him, they almost always blame their predicaments on other people, or make some kind of excuse. They're in hell because they're incapable of repentance. And finally, he gets down to the ice field at the center of hell, and promises one of the damned that he'll break the ice off of his eyes if he talks. And then, after the shade DOES talk, Dante breaks his word and says, basically, "Showing kindness to the damned is evil, because everyone in hell deserves infinite suffering."
The difference is clearer when you read the Purgatorio, because then you encounter some other sinners, and they also are going through some really horrific torture. The difference is that they blame themselves. They say they're sorry for what they did in life to deserve their punishments.
As modern readers, this is all rather a hard pill for us to swallow. Eternal damnation is not a prominent fixture of modern Christian teaching.(less)
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
I actually have two separate defenses. First, let's conside ...more
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 temple
ii. LUST - Surrounded by erotic representations, those overcome by lust are forced to watch and experience disgusting thin ...more
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 different rhyming translation next time to see what th ...more
(All citations from the Inferno are from the Longfellow translation.)
Paw in paw we come
Pooh and the Bouncer
To lay this review in your lap.
Give us one of those sultry little smiles
and say you're surprised!
Say you can't get over it!
Say it's just what you've always wanted
and it's even more fun than a day at the spa
(because, let's face it,
I couldn' ...more
عشت مع كلمات دانتي ليلتي أمس .. وتأملته وهو يصف حال الفلاسفة والشعراء الذين نتغني بأعمالهم طوال عمرنا وهم في الجحيم
فقد كان مأواهم جميعاً في الجحيم
تخيل أن تجد سقراط وافلاطون وأرسطو وأبيقور وديموقريطس وهوميروس
واين سينا وابن رشد وكليوباترا وأخيل وكثير من الفلاسفة والشعراء والزعماء الذين تظل تقرأ لهم وعنهم طوال حياتك وقد أصبح مصيرهم جميعاً الجحيم !!
شئ غريب للغاية أن يتخيل شاعر إيطالي هذا المصير لكل هؤلاء
والأكثر غرابة أن يصف لنا حالهم وسط الأهواء والرياح والنار والهوة السحيقة المظلمة التي يعيشون ...more
1. 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 recommend Dorothy Sayers' translation because of the exce ...more
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.
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 error of my ways in not reading it at age 5.
But I can' ...more
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: Limbo
Second Circle of Hell: Lust
Third Circle of Hell: Gluttony
Fourth Circle of Hell: Greed
Fifth Circle of Hell: Wrath
Sixth Circle of Hell: Heresy
Seventh Circle of Hell: Violence
Eight Circle of Hell: Fraud
Ninth Circle of Hell: Treachery
Well I’m not sinning ...more
The 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 and vigorous translation that is also unique, stude ...more
I had the pleasure of hearing Carson read some excerpts when this volume was first release ...more
This is an epic production of 138 prints by the translator and it took seven years to make. The original book was a limited edition and in 1985 retailed at 10,000 a copy. It makes one wonder what a book in that particular edition will sell for now. So I'm very happy to have this somewhat cheaper "popular edition" at home.
I confess that I basically just skimmed through it at the time not really appreciating its worth but now I ...more
“يا رُبات الشعر , يا أيتها العبقريّة العُليا , الآن ساعديني...
وأنت أيتها الذاكرة التي سجّلت ما رأيت , هنا سيظهرُ نُبلكـِ..”
الكتابة عن هذه الملحمة صعب جداً ، الكثير من المشاعر و الكثير من الوصف الرائع ، اللوحات عن تلك الملحمة كانت عبقرية و ملهمة مثل العمل تماماً.
“Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a ...more
The allegorical layers add profundity to this symbolic kaleidoscope. T ...more
Ciardi: I really enjoy the translation, though the rhyme scheme is forced at times (Ciardi himself admits this in some of his notes). When considering not only the text but the accompanying notes and Canto summaries, Ciardi's edition is, in my opinion, the best all around option out there.
Longfellow: This is the translatio ...more
Yes, I agree with my daughter that it's cool how the punishments fit the crime - like for theives, their own actual human form keeps getting stolen and they are forced to shape-shift into reptilian form and back. Awesome.
But the payoff is insufficient.
How do I dislike these? Let me enumerate some of the ways:
Zillions of references to local politics of Italy circa 700AD - don't know, not that interested honestly.
Millions of references to mythology - don't know, so do ...more
Here are the three problems with this book:
1) It is confusing. There are famously nine circles, right? Fine. But after the sixth, we start subdividing, so there are three rings in the seventh circle, and three parts of the third ring, and ten bolgias in the eighth circle, and you just kind ...more
All this might seem unappealing to an atheist like me, but its clarity makes this book easy and enjoyable to read, and Dante is clearly more interested in crafting a fanciful vision of hell and in the diversity of human foibles th ...more
و چه دشوار است وصف این جنگل وحشی و سخت انبوه، که یادش ترس را در دل بیدار میکند
چنان تلخ است که مرگ جز اندکی از آن تلختر نیست، اما من، برای وصف صفایی که در این جنگل یافتم، از دگر چیزهایی که در آن جستم سخن خواهم گفت
درست نمیتوانم گفت که چگونه پای بدان نهادم، زیرا هنگامی که شاهراه را ترک گفتم سخت خواب آلوده بودم
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