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Publisher's Summary

The epic grandeur of Dante's masterpiece has inspired readers and listeners for 700 years and has entered the human imagination. But the further we move from the late medieval world of Dante, the more a rich understanding and enjoyment of the poem depends on knowledgeable guidance. Robert Hollander, a renowned scholar and master teacher of Dante, and Jean Hollander, an accomplished poet, have written a beautifully accurate and clear verse translation of the first volume of Dante's epic poem, the Divine Comedy. Featuring the original Italian text opposite the translation, this edition also offers an extensive and accessible introduction and generous commentaries that draw on centuries of scholarship as well as Robert Hollander's own decades of teaching and research. The Hollander translation is the new standard in English of this essential work of world literature.

©2017 Translation copyright 2017 by Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A distinguished act of poetry and scholarship in one and the same breath, the Hollander Dante, among the strong translations of the poet, deserves to take its own honored place." (Robert Fagles)
"This new version of the Inferno wonderfully captures the concision, directness, and pungency of Dante's style. Like a mirror, it reflects with clarity and precision the Italian original. Each canto's set of copious, authoritative notes complements the facing-page Italian and English translation. A grand achievement." (Richard Lansing, professor of Italian and comparative literature, Brandeis University)
"English-speaking lovers of Dante are doubly in the Hollanders' debt: first, for this splendidly lucid and eminently readable version of Dante's Hell, and second, for the provocative, elegantly-written commentary, which judiciously synthesizes a lifetime of deeply engaged, wide ranging scholarship, as well as the past six centuries of commentary on the poem. No student of Dante would want to be without it." (John Ahern, Antolini Professor of Italian literature, Vassar College)

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Into Hell

It's interesting how this novel provides such a descriptive portrayal of Hell and what actions you take, place you in the specific section of Hell. Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Wrath, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery, This novel was published in the 14th Century and reveals how human nature hasn't changed much since that era.

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That was a long four hours

This book does not suit audio format because footnotes are needed. Lots of references to ancient times and mythology which could be interesting to those more in-the-know than I.

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  • Jo
  • 03-10-21

Stupendous rendition of a timeless classic.

This is exactly what I had expected from a fairly direct translation of the great tragedy.

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Reader sounds half asleep

Dominic Hoffman is the WORST. I deleted this book and got a different version to listen to. You'd think that a guy reading a book about traveling through Hell would have some feeling, but no. I will avoid Hoffman like the lowest circle of the inferno.

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Outstanding !!!!

I am using Hollanders Audible Inferno along with his kindle version & I am so impressed !!!
I looked for the next two versions purgatorio and Paradisio narrated by Dominic Hoffman and I haven't found it....

I am studying " 100 Days of Dante " in celebration of 700 years of Dante and this is the best !!!!!

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Crazy Story

I thought it was really interesting considering it's age and topic. Here are some extra words.

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Loved the narration & how the author presented it.

This is my first time listening to this as an audiobook and I must admit that I was thoroughly impressed — the The presentation of each of the different cantos really brings to life and captures the imagery that Dante wants to convey to the reader. Dante had such a limited space per-line that at times you can only imagine what he was actually trying to describe is just a pin drop in the ocean of imagery left on explained. (or Canto-nized) Bought this for my mother to listen to and the way the narrator talks should be perfect for her to be able to enjoy this amazing title but to absorb the dense meaning Dante wishes to convey to all of us readers/listeners! Much love, always!

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Great!!! Audio of the book

I love the narrator for the audio book and the pace at which he read makes it easy to follow.

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Well read, easy to understand

This translation is the best I’ve read, faithful to the Italian and yet poetic. The narrator speaks clearly and with good rhythm, and he doesn’t overdo it. I would highly recommend combining this with the excellent notes to be found in the printed edition of the book, if you haven’t read it before; you really can’t understand the poem without explanation. But if, like me, you’ve studied the poem before, it is enjoyable just to listen without the temptation of flipping to the back for the notes.

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absolutely beautiful

never thought I would have enjoyed a book from 1320 so much. we are all in hell.

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  • 02-03-20

A must read (or listen)

This book is a classic, the translation and reader are good but the story itself is heart wrenching.

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  • Keir
  • 09-18-21

Uncanny and thoroughly engaging

The delivery by Dominic Hoffman was superb. It added a quality to the poetic masterpiece that made it a joy to listen.

The book itself presents humanity at its most vulnerable, highlighting the unsavoury aspects of our condition that lead us astray and into the depths of depravity, melancholy and eternal remorse. Dante examines these facets of our being via conversations with the poet Virgil and the numerous wretched souls as they traverse the 9 circles of hell. It is an uncanny portrayal of people's propensity for regret - the souls he speak to seem to comprehend their misdeeds, but only after the fact; each encounter a lesson for Dante as he is led out of the Inferno - after having become lost himself.

I would argue that this book should be read by any interested reader, even those who don't particularly enjoy poetry, as it provides some important reflection on our own actions and gives poise to human behaviour. Enjoy!

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  • 06-05-21

needs a new narrator

I've heard so much about this book prior to reading it myself, it still seems like a really good book BUT the narrator made it really hard for me to stick with the story, it got really confusing and to be honest that really made the listen boring and confusing when with another person's way of narrating this book could be an awesome experience for me also, I might try listening all over again some time later on, but for now it made me disappointed, change the narrator!

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  • S. CORBETT
  • 07-29-20

Always Topical

Always relevant and vivid. Told with clarity and restraint . I will listen again and again

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