First published 700 years ago, this poetic tour of Dante's Hell introduces to you the most important people to be found there including Cassius and Brutus, who appeared in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; Pope Celestine V, the one who quit; and Virgil, the author of The Aeneid, who served as Dante's personal guide. Follow along and you will see where Virgil and Dante go, the meaning behind the circles of Hell, and the faces one meets along the way.
Midway upon his journey in life, Dante wrote a powerful little book about hell. No one had ever created such an elaborate architecture for the underworld before. The result shocked Dante’s contemporaries and still inspires fear and mystery in those who read it today. This brief introduction to the text will introduce you to 50 faces of those who appear in Dante’s hell, to discover what the world looks like without grace, love, and mercy.
Peter Celano is an editor and writer at Paraclete Press. He has compiled several other books, including Lent and Easter with the Holy Fathers.
Celanos treatment of Inferno falls between a literary criticism and a study guide. Faces is an easy read but one that helps sort the complexities of Dantes masterpiece. Celano touches lightly on scripture allusions and historical subtexts. At times, Celano mentions a scriptural connection but without assisting the reader with a fuller discussion of the allusion. However, the author gives other discussions, such as Dantes placement of certain groups within the circles of Hell, a more through treatment. The book is well organized, beautifully illustrated, clear, and engaging. An informative introduction assists readers in learning from Dantes world, and a brief conclusions adds a final Christian commentary of Dantes thesis. This title works best as a study guide to a literature course or for Dante aficionados. Recommended for college libraries and literature collections. Susan M. Camille, Catholic Library World
Have a question about this product? Ask us here.