The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Purgatory

by Dante Alighieri and Mark Musa

Paperback / softback Age range: 18+ years old Publication Date: 01/07/1985

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Beginning with Dante's liberation from Hell, Purgatory relates his ascent, accompanied by Virgil, of the Mount of Purgatory - a mountain of nine levels, formed from rock forced upwards when God threw Satan into depths of the earth. As he travels through the first seven levels, Dante observes the sinners who are waiting for their release into Paradise, and through these encounters he is himself transformed into a stronger and better man. For it is only when he has learned from each of these levels that he can ascend to the gateway to Heaven- the Garden of Eden. The second part of one of the greatest epic poems, Purgatory is an enthralling Christian allegory of sin, redemption and ultimate enlightenment.
ISBN:
9780140444421
9780140444421
Category:
Poetry by individual poets
Age range:
18+ years old
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-07-1985
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Edition:
2nd Edition
Pages:
428
Dimensions (mm):
211x133x19mm
Weight:
0.3kg
Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence Italy in 1265. In 1301, a political dispute lead to his exile from Florence.

Over the next few years he made his home in Verona, Lucca and other cities. By 1310 he had written Inferno and Purgatorio, the first two books of his Divine Comedy.

He wrote the third and concluding book, Paradiso, in the years after he found sanctuary in Ravenna in 1318.

An allegorical account of his wanderings in a spiritual wilderness and eventual salvation under the guidance of his beloved Beatrice, The Divine Comedy is recognised as Dante's masterwork and a landmark of world literature. He died in exile in 1321 and was buried in Ravenna.

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