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Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
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Sep 14, 2021 | ISBN 9781681376059

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“A great work of art like The Divine Comedy carries in it what readers in successive generations feel to be its ‘modernity’: what it says to us, now. David Black, a poet and psychoanalyst, by his translation, introduction, and notes, helps us into that enormous benefit. He enables Dante into our present lives.” —David Constantine

“David Black’s Purgatorio offers fresh insight into Dante’s poetry. We encounter a Dante whose psychological acumen is surprisingly relevant to us today. We are invited to read the Purgatorio as a journey of discovery: Dante’s discovery of his gifts and limitations; and through that, our discovery of resources that can help us address some of the pressing challenges of our time.” —Vittorio Montemaggi

“David Black’s translation of the Purgatorio unites psychological insight and intuitive understanding with scholarship and love of language.” —Ronald Britton

“[Dante’s] art and its truths feel more necessary than ever: that greater love for others is an antidote to the world’s barbarities, that evil may be understood as a sin against love, and that a soul can’t hope to dispel its anguish without first plumbing it. . . . D.M. Black’s Purgatory is the most satisfying since [W.S.] Merwin’s. . . [A] thoughtful rendering.” —Judith Thurman, The New Yorker

“The Inferno has long been more widely read than the Purgatorio. . . The Purgatorio, however, is a more satisfying whole. The structure is more meaningful, the verbal music more delicate—and, above all, it is more human. . . . Both in this translation and in his afterword, [D.M.] Black shows us why Dante matters, and how, 700 years after his death, he can still help us to understand what may give meaning to our own lives.” —Robert Chandler, Financial Times

“People who haven’t read Dante will find D. M. Black’s translation of Purgatorio a revelation. Those who know the Commedia already will find it a valuable addition to established versions. . . What’s immediately obvious is how much more propulsive Black’s version is. His syntax doesn’t pause at line endings, it catapults us over them.” —Edmund Prestwich, London Grip

“Black’s translation is well worth reading for its beauties as well as its fidelity to Dante’s text and intentions. It joins the array of worthy Purgatorio translations, which is more than making up for the first five hundred years of little or nothing to choose from.” —Andrew Frisardi, Plough Quarterly

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