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  • Published: 7 August 2007
  • ISBN: 9780140448962
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $25.00

Purgatorio




New translation of Dante's masterpiece by acclaimed Robin Kirkpatrick

In Purgatorio Dante, having described his journey into Hell, narrates his ascent of Mount Purgatory with Virgil, as he encounters penitents who toil through physical agonies, starvation and flames to assuage their earthly vices. Only by learning from them can he achieve his final enlightened transition to the lost Earthly Paradise at the mountain's summit, where he meets his dead love, Beatrice, and prepares to ascend to Heaven. Depicting a realm of intense sensation and physical experience, Dante's poem transformed the traditional Christian idea of Purgatory by showing how the free will of the aspiring soul could change wordly perversions into perfection. It is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human possibility, hope and redemption.

  • Published: 7 August 2007
  • ISBN: 9780140448962
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $25.00

About the author

Dante Dante

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265. When he was nine years old he met Bice Portinari, the Beatrice who inspires both his first work, La Vita Nuova and The Divine Comedy. Beatrice died in 1290. He had at least three children with his wife Gemma di Manetto Donati. His involvement in politics in Florence led to his exile in 1302 and he eventually settled in Ravenna where he died in 1321.

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