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Unlike every known translator before him, Michael Palma re-creates Dante's masterpiece in all its dimensions, without emphasizing some aspects over others, rendering Inferno into contemporary American English while maintaining Dante's original triple rhyme scheme. The result is a translation that can be appreciated for its literal faithfulness and beautiful poetic form, accompanied by facing-page Italian and explanatory notes. "A superb translation; highly recommended."--Library Journal "I find Michael Palma's Inferno to be one that I'm having a hard time improving."--Lawrence Ferlinghetti "I think highly of Michael Palma's Inferno....Readers will find it admirably clear and readable."--Richard Wilbur
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2002.
ISBN: 9780393323870
Characteristics: xxii, 392 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Palma, Michael 1945-


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Jan 28, 2019

Dante's inferno sure is a classic. One of the most prolific books that explores hell is dante's inferno, in this book there is exploration of different layers of hell and the many prolific people/creatures that reside there. This depiction of hell is truly terrifying as this book goes into details about the events that occur at each level and the disturbing nature of hell that Dante encounters. One aspect of this book that can be rather annoying is how long and tedious the book is in general though this book manages to keep the reader entertained and involved. At certain times I found myself annoyed to be reading something so long. However the poems, excellent writing and an overall great story manage to fix many of these problems. Though this may be a long read I would definitely recommend that people read this book as it is a classic and manages to accurately dive into the controversial topic of hell. 4.5/5 Stars.
@TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 10, 2017

Mary Jo Bang's translation of the Inferno is an interesting one. Adopting a self-consciously postmodern tack, Bang attempts to bring the Inferno to a greater relevance for contemporary readers by sprinkling the verse with references to modernity, which in all fairness is precisely what the original did for its Italian audience with references to then-recent Florentine politics and scandals. Now, Bang's updated text can sometimes run the gamut from jarring (referencing South Park in Dante seems an odd choice) to ingenious (this version of Dante references Eliot's Waste Land, which in turn referenced Dante). Overall the occasional anachronism is annoying but outweighed, in my opinion, by the sense that some aspect of the poem has been recovered from the temporal void.

Feb 15, 2017

Should be on everyone's bucket list of books to read before he or she dies. The Michael Palma translation I read is excellent - it follows Dante's iambic pentameter as well as the rhyming scheme: ABA, BCB, CDC, etc. Frightening to discover where famous people lie within the nine circles of hell, including Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great - and, perhaps the most surprising, the Prophet Mohammed. This one is not for pre-teens, though - there are a few places where curse words are used (perhaps because no other word could describe a concept in the original Italian) - and besides, the scenes are just too scary for kids anyway.

Jan 13, 2017

I read the edition with translations from Dorothy Sayers and I loved the commentary with this book- the notes on specific lines and images really helped my understanding of this classic and the intricacies of Dante's poetic style. It's a really interesting, and as my professor states it, 'logical' organization of the classical ideas of sin and it's deserving punishment, with each deeper level and darker pit conveying the punishments of the marginally worse sinners, until Dante reaches Satan. It's an intriguing concept, apparently not as original an idea as I had previously thought for the time period, with Dante being guided through Hell because he has lost his way, but still a very cool class read. Not sure I would personally call it a comedy, though
*the introduction of Greek mythological figures and beasts was interesting given that they come from a pagan religion. I wonder what there purpose was- to get the audience's attention? Add dramatic flare?

Aug 30, 2016

Fantastic work by Dante!

Jul 01, 2014

While this was a book I read for a school assignment, I did come to like it. It, while difficult at time to understand, was far more readable than other texts from that period that I have read. The story is fascinating when taken from a psychological and sociological perspective, and I found myself often wanting to know more about Dante the author. Did he really believe in this version of Hell that he presented, and the religious construct it implicated or was it all fabricated?

May 08, 2014

Before I start talking about the book proper, I have a confession to make: I wasn't sure I really wanted to read philosophical poetry written seven centuries ago. I had doubts about style, quality of translation and my own lack of literary background in decyphering the numerous Christian and mythological references, not to mention political and cultural trivia from Dante's Florence. Thanks to my Goodreads friends, I took the plunge and I can report back that it was well worth the effort. Even better, it wasn't an effort, but a joyride, thanks primarily to my lucky pick of the Ciardi translation for my first foray into the phantastical world of Dante. So my answer to the questions: can we still read Dante for pleasure and not for academic study is a resounding yes. Another big Yes is the answer to the relevance of the Commedia for the modern reader. The fundamental soul searching questions about the relationship between spiritual and material life, morality and political power, religious and secular governance, reason and faith remain unchanged over centuries and must still be answered by each of us after our own fashion. Dante is as great choice as the lightbearer showing the way to redemption, as Virgil was to the poet on his descent into Hell.

Aug 20, 2009

I like this version because it has refences in it and makes it easier to read! Very religous.

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