Dante's Inferno; Adapted by Marcus Sanders
Of the great poets, Dante is one of the most elusive and therefore one of the most difficult to adequately render into English verse. In the Inferno, Dante not only judges sin but strives to understand it so that the reader can as well. With this major new t ...more
To Carthage then I came
burning burning burning
den I wen' to da big city an'
BOY'D I WANNA GET LAID
BOY'D I WANNA GET LAID
After only 20 or so years someone has beaten us to the schtick at least as far as The Comedia is concerned. Sandow Birk and Marcus Sanders have done an amazing job violating Dante's High Italian into Modern Americ ...more
Ok, this is a brave endeavor to undertake. Re-writing (and re-drawing) what is considered the greatest work written in the Western World.
But for me it just fell flat. It read like a combination of the Divine Comedy and "Hey Dude! Where's my car?!" It simply makes no sense to have a modern day "cool" Dante talking passionately about 1300's Italian politics.
Also, on some level you have to respect the structure and rules of hell that Dante set up. For examp ...more
I think for a true modern rendition, one would have to adapt the text and topics to a large extent, and make areas of hell correspond to things like being forced to eat McD's for eternity, or being repeatedly run over by trains, or have drug-related tragedies.
Still an interesting read, but I thi ...more
And, yes, the illustrations are phenomenal.
First off, it was put together by two surfers from LA, one a writer from various surfer periodicals, and one a visual artist. The Gustave Dore wood etchings are all parodied in a comic book style, most to an interesting effect, so that instead of being situated in hell per se, the characters are put in different locations in a fictiona ...more
The original, The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Inferno with a verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum is the book I am now reading. I remember reading this in high school and didn't think much of it. I found the book Dante's Inferno very interesting and he adds current names of people in the various levels and pits. The added r ...more
Sanders' text, composed in modern American English, includes references to well-known figures from our own time as well as the original "sinners", along with the use of recent slang - making this Medieval work accessible to any reader.
Birk's stunning illustrations are clearly influenced by Gustave Dore's classics, but they also carry a modern twist, such as skyscraper-filled backdrops and chain store ...more
I became interested in this project when I found this book on the shelves of a woman I was dating. When I saw it in a bookstore a year or more later I decided to pick up all three volumes and read them. Unfortunately I didn't care much for the translation but the illustrations are amazing. I love the concept and wish I could afford to have the real prints. They are magnificently original.