In this superb translation with an introduction and commentary by Allen Mandelbaum, all of Dante's vivid images--the earthly, sublime, intellectual, demonic, ecstatic--are rendered with marvelous clarity to read like the words of a poet born in our own age.
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"Professor Esolens translation of Dantes Inferno is the best one I have seen. . . . And his endnotes and other additions provoke answers to almost any question that could arise about the work." A. Kent Hieatt, translator of The Canterbury Tales
"Crisp and clear, Esolens version avoids two modern temptations: a slavish literalness to the Italian or a taking of liberties in the attempt to make this greatest of medieval poems esthetically modern. . . . In addition to his scholarly tact, Esolen is simply one of the most vigorous English translators of Dante ever."Crisis magazine
"Esolens new translation follows Dante through all his spectacular range, commanding where he is commanding, wrestling, as he does, with the density and darkness in language and in the soul. This Inferno gives us Dantes vivid drama and his verbal inventiveness. It is living writing." James Richardson, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University
"Opening the book we stand face to face with the poet, and when his voice ceases we may marvel if he has not sung to us in his own Tuscan."William Dean Howells, The Nation
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