Dante?s Renaissance?

| April 9, 2003

The recent resurgence of interest in Dante Alighieri is not well understood. Perhaps it?s because these apocalyptic times give us a new reference point for all Dante?s talk of fire and brimstone. In the past year alone, five new translations of The Inferno, and three new translations of Purgatorio have found their way into print. And Alighieri aficionados are celebrating several recently published novels, including Matthew Pearl?s The Dante Club, and Nick Tosches? In the Hand of Dante. ?Divine Comedy is suffused with Aristotelian philosophy, medieval astronomy, and the petty political rivalries of 13th-century Italy?not exactly best-seller material,? reports Adam Kirsch for Slate. English speakers had to wait until the early part of the 19th century for the first complete translation of The Divine Comedy to be available, so maybe we?re just making up for lost time.
-Nick Garafola

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