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The Divine Comedy

Volume 3: Paradiso

Dante Alighieri - Author

Robin Kirkpatrick - Translator

Robin Kirkpatrick - Editor

Robin Kirkpatrick - Introduction by

Robin Kirkpatrick - Commentaries by

Robin Kirkpatrick - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140448979 | 496 pages | 26 Feb 2008 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The second part and the radiant climax to Dante's awe-inspiring epic, in a definitive new translation

Having plunged to the utmost depths of Hell and climbed Mount Purgatory in the first two parts of The Divine Comedy, Dante now ascends to Heaven, guided by his beloved Beatrice, to continue his search for God. As he progresses through the spheres of Paradise, he grows ever closer to experiencing divine love in the overwhelming presence of the deity. Examining eternal questions of faith, desire, and enlightenment, Dante exercised all of his learning and wit, wrath and tenderness in his creation of one of the greatest of all Christian allegories.

"Kirkpatrick brings a more nuanced sense of the Italian and a more mediated appreciation of the poem's construction than nearly all of his competitors. . . . There is much to recommend here-certainly the intelligence, the energy, the linguistic range. . . . His introduction and canto-by-canto notes are remarkably level and lucid, as attentive to structure as to syntax, language and motif, and deftly cross-reference the whole poem. On their own, they would justify the price."
-The Times (London)