The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri

Clive James

4.07 based on 100660 ratings & 3291 reviews on Goodreads.com

2014 Nominee

Costa Poetry Award

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04 June 2015
9781447244226
560 pages
Clive James's new translation is wonderfully unstuffy and injects fresh life back into the poem.

Mary Beard, Best Holiday Reads 2013 - Observer

'An outstanding achievement . . . He restores the sense of drama, the colours and music of Dante's vision . . . Clive James has now given us a translation worthy of this and any other time; and a great piece of literature in its own right' - Robert Fox, Evening Standard

‘an extraordinary verse-rendering – the fruit of many years' work – of Dante's The Divine Comedy. According to TS Eliot, this is the only book in the western tradition that surpasses Shakespeare. It is typical of James's chutzpah that he has not only tackled this Everest of translation, but has scrambled to the summit in triumph . . . The result is a revelation. The reader is swept up in the drama of Inferno . . . The tempo and texture of the poem has an inevitable majesty, but there is also a dancing levity that is suited to James and his "joking seriousness"' Robert McCrum, Guardian