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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

#85 - The Inferno of Dante - Dante Alighieri

Title:  The Inferno of Dante
Author:  Dante Alighieri
Read by:  George Guidall
Translated by:  Robert Pinsky
Genre:  Fiction
Rating:  B
Originally published:  1317
Dates:   12/12/16 – 12/19/16
Cds/Hrs: 4/5.25

This is part one of The Divine Comedy.  Our narrator, Dante, and his leader, Virgil, traverse the downward spirals to the center of the earth.  Hell, as it is known, isn’t for the faint of heart nor for mortals.  Each circle seems to be worse than the previous one – but it’s just the seven deadly sins being played out, each in their own hellish way.  The whole experience is a terrifying vision of the consequences of sin.  And we all are sinners.  And fortunately for Dante there was a way back through an opening that brought him back to the starry night.

In his translation, “Robert Pinsky deftly responds to every nuance of meaning and affirms The Inferno as a powerful living classic for today’s listeners.

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