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Inferno

Inferno - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0451531391

Cover of Inferno 09 (ISBN 978-0451531391)
ISBN13: 978-0451531391
ISBN10: 0451531396
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 09
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Published: 2009
International: No

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Inferno - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0451531391

Dante Alighieri and John Translator Ciardi

ISBN13: 978-0451531391
ISBN10: 0451531396
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 09
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

In a market crowded with translations of Dante's poetic masterpiece, Michael Palma sets himself apart. He has rendered Inferno into contemporary American English while maintaining Dante's original triple-rhyme scheme. Unlike every known translator before him, Palma re-creates Inferno in all its dimensions, without emphasizing some aspects over others. The result is a translation that can be appreciated for its literal faithfulness and beautiful poetic form. Palma is a poet who often uses traditional forms, and he is a translator who works to preserve the poetic form of the original. In undertaking a triple-rhyme translation of Inferno, Palma defies the conventional wisdom of literary commentators, who have long argued that it cannot be done. The translation is accompanied by facing-page Italian and by explanatory notes.