Describing Dante’s second stage in his arduous journey to redemption, Purgatory
features a host of unforgettable scenes and characters, and arguably some of the best poetry to be found in The Divine Comedy
. The gloom, torments and evils of Hell have been left behind, but Dante’s ascent of Mount Purgatory towards Paradise remains fraught with obstacles, not least the burden of his own mortality and his human passions.
is presented here in a new verse translation by acclaimed poet and prize-winning translator J.G. Nichols, which perfectly captures the sense of elegy and melancholy that permeates this work. Also included are the original Italian text, extensive notes, illustrations and a critical apparatus focusing on Dante’s life and works.
'Dante is my spiritual food.' James Joyce
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