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Saturday turned into a very busy day and I didn‘t get a chance to pop into Litsy much. This is the last book I picked up at the used book shop on Thursday. It is super gorgeous 🖤

Inferno | Dante
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#SinisterArt Day 25
I believe I have commented in a previous post about The Inferno that it has provided inspiration to more artists than nearly any other work of literature. I could have easily also selected a Gustave Dore illustration from Canto XXX, the same Canto that served as inspiration for William-Adolphe Bouguereau's painting. As Alexander Aciman explains in his guide through Inferno on The Paris Review, “Capocchio, one of Dante‘s

vivastory former classmates who was introduced in Canto 29, is the guy being bitten; Griffolino, another sinner who was introduced in 29, explains that the aggressor—the biter—is Gianni Schicchi, who, when he was on earth, pretended to be the late Buoso Donati in order to help his own family inherit a sum of money.“
If you decide to read The Inferno (it's wonderful) I think that the following recaps will prove helpful:
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Magpiegem Thank you I really enjoyed reading that recap 😊 1mo
Bookwomble What an incredible painting. My back hurts just looking at it! You're sharing some amazing artworks, Scott, which I'm really enjoying 😊 1mo
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vivastory @Magpiegem I thought it was helpful 👍 (edited) 1mo
vivastory @Bookwomble My back, my neck. Lol. Thanks for the compliment, I've enjoyed sharing these works with everyone 👏 1mo
Megabooks It almost looks like rape. Very provocative. 1mo
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Dante: A Life | Alessandro Barbero
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Lo storico Barbero ci conduce in un viaggio nell'Italia comunale seguendo il più illustre personaggio dell'epoca e la sua complessa biografia. La lettura è documentata da fonti citate con minuzia e precisione. Recensione completa: https://www.instagram.com/p/CjDFqIYMjZC/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

The Dante Club: A Novel | Matthew Pearl
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#weekendreading @Andrew65

Appreciation for this late-19th-century academic atmosphere/setting following the Harvard Poets of Lowell, Longfellow, and Holmes, Sr. Reminds of the literary references and quoting in the letters between Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg I'd briefly dabbled in. Now I just need some evening rains for it, instead of lingering but unyielding clouds!

Andrew65 Sounds perfect for weekend reading. 4mo
Ladygodiva7 I have this one on my shelf, been there for years…….. 3mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Ladygodiva7 Just depends on what you like in your historical mysteries; I don't think it'll be for everyone. It's not fast paced, but it is very referential and atmospheric in like a dark academia kind of way. 3mo
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Inferno | Dante Alighieri
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Title that begins with the letter I
After picking up Mary Jo Bang's rendition of Purgatorio this afternoon, I decided to focus solely on the multiple translations of Inferno that I have read over the years. My first encounter was the summer prior to my HS senior year & it is the Ciardi version. With explanatory notes at the end of each Canto & capturing hints of Dante's lyricism, Ciardi's mass market paperback version seems to have👇

vivastory been the go-to translation for a generation of readers. Intriguing & serviceable. Fast forward years later when I decide to revisit Inferno after seeing an astonishing exhibit of Michael Mazur's illustrations for Robert Pinsky's translation.To say I was floored by Pinsky's version might be an understatement. To this day I continue to rec. this translation, above all others to those who have never read Inferno. Shortly thereafter I read MJ Bang's 4mo
vivastory contemporary version, which was intriguingly described from a trusted publication as containing, “references to Pink Floyd, South Park, Donald Rumsfeld, and Star Trek“ with the caveat of it not being gimmicky. While reading a poetry anthology I discovered that there is a version where different poets tackled different sections of the Cantos. It's an incomplete version, with the highlights, but it was worthwhile nonetheless. I noticed that Allen 4mo
vivastory Mandelbaum's version is highly regarded. Might be time to revisit! 4mo
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Graywacke Wow. You‘re devoted. I‘ve only read the Hollander translation, which i was quite happy with and which comes with wonderful notes. It was accidentally my plague year book (although I was passed Inferno my that March when we all shutdown) 4mo
batsy Great Post. I want to get to this someday but I've wasted far too much time googling "best translation of Dante's Inferno" ? 4mo
vivastory @batsy You can't go wrong with Robert Pinsky! Although I'm sure Mandlebaum's version is also good. I loved his version of Ovid's Metamorphosis. (edited) 4mo
vivastory @Graywacke As far as epic poems go I am hard pressed to think of another work featuring sustained imaginative reach, while also being intricately constructed (via terza rima). The contrapasso in Inferno seems to tempt translators & illustrators alike in reconstructing the geography. I will say that I think the entire Divine Comedy is worthwhile, esp. Purgatory. I wasn't thrilled with the translation I read of Paradise. 4mo
batsy @vivastory Yes, I finally narrowed it down to Mandelbaum and am planning to get the Everyman's Library edition of The Divine Comedy. But I'm also intrigued about the Pinsky and Hollander translations! Have you read Alessandro Barbero's Dante bio that came out a couple years ago? I've put that on my wishlist, too. 4mo
vivastory @batsy I was completely unaware of Barbero's bio, but it def just jumped to the top of my TBR! Thanks for the recommendation. I think that I will read Mandelbaum for my next go through of the Divine Comedy (with the exception of Purgatory where I will use the Bang translation). I am curious to not only see his translation of Inferno, but Paradiso as well. 4mo
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Divine Comedy | Dante Aligieri
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#OnThisDay in 1451 a manuscript of Dante's Divine Comedy was sold in London. The manuscript (now known as MS Hamilton 207) is known to have changed hands from one Italian merchant to another while in London, and is the first copy of the Commedia to be definitively placed in Britain. Marginalia includes the note: "I bought this book in London'' with further notation suggesting the date acquired. It now resides in Berlin. #HistoryGetsLIT

Graywacke ❤️ 4mo
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Inferno | Dante
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#StoryGraph: fiction classics poetry challenging reflective slow-paced | published 1320

The Divine Comedy is one of the greatest works of Western literature. An epic poem in three parts, it tells the story of Dante‘s journey through the afterlife: Inferno describes the suffering of souls warped by vice. Purgatorio explores the theme of repentance and the elements of good character. Paradiso reveals the true glory and freedom attainable with God.

HiMyNames_Alyssa Did you read it in the original old English? I find it very hard to follow that way but would love if you have any recommendations on how to make that easier! 4mo
suvata @HiMyNamesRysha I started reading Longfellow‘s translation and found it tedious. So, I switched to Esolen‘s translation and found it more “user-friendly”. https://www.amazon.com/Inferno-Divine-Comedy-Dante/dp/0812970063/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?... 4mo
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The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri
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Challenging myself to read this one next. Have you read it?

SRWCF I haven't read it, but I own it in Italian. I've been wanting to challenge myself to read it, too! 5mo
Cazxxx @SRWCF I hope you get round to it too! I‘ve always been a bit nervous to read this one 😅 5mo
suvata I just signed up for a free lecture course on this. Maybe you would be interested also: Thank you for enrolling in Hillsdale College‘s new free online course, “Dante's Divine Comedy.”

You can begin watching lectures at this link:

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rachelk I studied it in college but that was so long ago I scarcely remember… 5mo
SRWCF @Cazxxx haha! Definitely not a fluffy beach read! 👹👺👹 5mo
Cazxxx @suvata oh thank you, I‘ll have a look at that 😊 5mo
Cazxxx @SRWCF I didn‘t think so 😂 5mo
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#StyxandStone #JamesWZiskin #BookSpinBingo

Ellie Stone is a professed modern girl in 1960s' New York City, playing by her own rules and breaking boundaries while searching for a killer among the renowned scholars in Columbia University's Italian Department.
"If you were a man, you'd make a good detective."

EadieB Ellie Stone is sure that Sgt. McKeever meant that as a compliment, but that identity-a girl wanting to do a man's job-has throttled her for too long. It's 1960, and Ellie doesn't want to blaze any trails for women; she just wants to be a reporter, one who doesn't need to swat hands off her behind at every turn. 5mo
EadieB Adrift in her career, Ellie is back in New York City after receiving news that her estranged father, a renowned Dante scholar and distinguished professor, is near death after a savage bludgeoning in his home. The police suspect a routine burglary, but Ellie has her doubts. When a second attempt is made on her father's life, in the form of an "accident" in the hospital's ICU, Ellie's suspicions are confirmed. 5mo
EadieB Then another professor turns up dead, and Ellie's investigation turns to her father's university colleagues, their ambitions, jealousies, and secret lives. Ellie embarks on a thorny journey of discovery and reconciliation, as she pursues an investigation that offers her both a chance at redemption in her father's eyes, and the risk of losing him forever. 5mo
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EadieB This author is an excellent writer. It's 1960 and Ellie's father, a University Italian Studies professor, has been attacked. It is the study of Dante that brings the reader to the brink of this mystery. I'm looking forward to the 2nd book in the series. You need to check out Ziskin for an extraordinary gift and use of the language. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
Andrew65 Another great sounding book. 5mo
EadieB @Andrew65 yes it was very good! 5mo
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Inferno | Dante
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I wanted to read this to understand the references I keep hearing. Well, now I‘ve read it.