Purgatorio

Purgatorio

Book - 2000
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At the pinnacle of a grand and prolific career, W. S. Merwin has given us a shimmering new verse translation of the central section of Dante's Divine Comedy -- the Purgatorio.
  
Led by Virgil, inspired by his love for Beatrice, Dante makes the arduous journey up the Mountain of Purgatory, where souls are cleansed to prepare them for the ultimate ascent to heaven.  Presented with the original Italian text, and with Merwin's notes and commentary, this luminous new interpretation of Dante's great poem of sin, repentance, and salvation is a profoundly moving work of art and the definitive translation for our time.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2000.
ISBN: 9780375409219
0375409211
Branch Call Number: 851.1 DAN
Characteristics: xxix, 359 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927-

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dennismmiller
Jul 23, 2018

In the second part of the Divine Comedy, the pilgrim Dante ascends the Mount of Purgatory in the company of his guide, Virgil, encountering the souls of the blessed dead being purified of their sins while being purified himself, made ready for Beatrice and Heaven.

The Hollanders' translation is serviceable if unspectacular, but where this edition really shines is in the notes, surpassing the expected biographical, historical, and theological explanations by drawing upon the centuries of interpretation and commentary that Dante has inspired.

theorbys May 07, 2013

My Italian is limited, but from what I could see Merwin did not take many liberties with the text, and while I do not find the translation very poetic per se, it does present Dante clearly and directly. The Divine Comedy, all of the books, is one of the master texts of Western literature and deserves to be read by any and everyone who is serious about literature.

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Firework
Jan 03, 2011

The translation was decent. However the best part was the fact that translator put the original Italian next to the translation.

It was fun and amazing to see the Terza Rima versing that Dante created and used for his Commedia. - Firework

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