Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Dante: The Divine Comedy 2: Purgatorio

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Dante: The Divine Comedy 2: Purgatorio

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Dante: The Divine Comedy 2: Purgatorio, trans, and ed. Robert Kirkpatrick, Penguin Classics (London: Penguin Books, 2007). Ixiv +512 pp.; 2 maps. ISBN 978-0-140-44896-2. £1 0.99. Robin Kirkpatrick's new translation of Dante's Purgatorio provides an accessible and highly readable edition of the canonical Italian text. Medieval theories of science, philosophy, and redemptive theology coalesce in the narrator's ascent of Mount Purgatory, where he meets former sinners who misused their God-given potential by investing it in earthly pleasures rather than religious dedication. A comprehensive introduction and commentary fully expose the principal themes behind the sinners' penitential climb, where ironic yet constructive punishments teach them to redirect their spiritual energies towards the pursuit of paradise. This edition would be ideal for both recreational and scholarly readings, in that it offers an articulately poetic rendering which stands up as a work of literature in itself. …

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