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Dante's Divine Comedy
Dante's Divine Comedy Ian Thomson
 The Landmark Library, 12

A TLS Book of the Year.

'Erudite and urgent, Ian Thomson's Dante's Divine Comedy is another book that everyone ought to read' Spectator.

'Succinct but wide-ranging, Ian Thomson's richly illustrated exploration of Dante's masterpiece is ... fun ... ingenious ... fascinating' Observer.

'A book worth savouring as a chunky, chatty, richly illustrated guide that brings Dante and his world within our reach' Evening Standard.

A lively and wide-ranging exploration of a literary masterwork and its influence on writers, poets, artists and film-makers up to our own time.

Dante has no equal as he sings of other-worldly horror and celestial beatitude alike. Yet for all our distance from medieval theology, the Florentine poet's allegorical journey through hell, purgatory and paradise remains one of the essential works of world literature. At least fifty English language versions of the Inferno – the first part of Dante's poem – appeared in the twentieth century alone.

If Dante's Divine Comedy speaks to our present condition, it is because it tells the story of Everyman who sets out in search of salvation in this world. Dante composed his great poem in the spoken Italian of his time. He wrote about suffering bodies and human weakness, and about divine ecstasy, in words that have resonated with readers and writers for the last seven hundred years.

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09 Aug 2018 * 288pp * £5.99 * 9781786690791
REVIEWS
'Erudite and urgent, Ian Thomson makes an excellent Virgilian guide and his Dante's Divine Comedy is another book that everyone ought to read'
Spectator
'[A] book worth savouring as a chunky, chatty, richly illustrated guide that brings Dante and his world within our reach'
Evening Standard
'Succinct but wide-ranging, Ian Thomson's richly illustrated exploration of Dante's masterpiece [is] fun ... ingenious ... Fascinating'
Observer
'This book is an object of great beauty ... Thomson's aim, triumphantly realised, is to remind us why Dante's great poem is a 'landmark''
Tablet
'[A] lively new book ... It has become a cliché to refer to critics as Virgil, but it would be hard to think of any more appropriate way to describe what Ian Thomson offers here'
Catholic Herald
'Thomson teases readers into wanting to find out their own answers. He'll lead you back to that neglected copy on your book shelf. And this time you'll pick it up'
Financial Times
'Encapsulates everything we need for the ultimate poetic voyage from Hell to Paradise by way of Purgatory'
TLS, Books of the Year
'Thomson's elegant, intelligent guide views the epic poem as a kind of recovery programme for those who have lost their way, and in turn leads you back to that neglected original on your bookshelf'
Financial Times, Books of the Year
'Ian Thomson is a travel writer, and here he attempts the most ambitious journey of all in the company of Dante – "to hell and back", as he puts it'
Church Times
ALSO IN THE SERIES
Author
Ian Thomson
Ian Thomson
Ian Thomson is the author of an acclaimed biography of Primo Levi and of two prize-winning travel books, Bonjour Blanc: A Journey Through Haiti and The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica.
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