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As part of a projected six-volume edition of the Divine Comedy, Musa (Indiana Univ.) has revised and reissued his translation of Dante's Inferno (LJ 3/1/95) in a bilingual edition, accompanied by a volume-length commentary. Musa's translation is in fluent, colloquial verse that aims for the speed and rhythm of the original though not the form. This serviceable version is on the same level as the recent translations by Robert Pinskey (LJ 11/1/94) and Robert Durling (LJ 3/15/96). Musa's commentary is thorough and clear but doesn't significantly supersede that of Charles S. Singleton (1970). Nevertheless, it can be recommended.?Thomas L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Musa operates on the principle that a translator's first duty is to render the original text as exactly as possible without compromising the literary quality of the work.... [This is] the best English-language version of the Inferno currently available." —Library JournalSee all Product Description
I've read the Mandelbaum translation as well. Mandelbaum's phrasing is a bit more appealing to me, but his notes are lacking. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by pietrogiovanni
This translation of Inferno, one of the three pieces of the epic ensemble The Divine Comedy, is perhaps the best yet. Read morePublished on May 19 2003
The first book of The Divine Comedy (I write of the Inferno contained in the copyright 1980 Harvard Classics Edition) is a tale of the macabre and discovery. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2003 by Robert Shane Ellis
I didn't know a lot about Dante's Divine Comedy before I decided to read this. I paged through several different translations and decided on Mark Musa's work. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002 by Amazon Customer
I love Dante so much I cannot find words to explain it. His epic (all three parts, not just Inferno) leaves one gasping for adjectives. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Carlo
The Inferno is a timeless classic that continues to inspire young authors. I recently ran a cross a modern version of the book,, A Journey to hell and Back by Charlotte Johnson,... Read morePublished on March 9 2002
Even if you do not believe in the afterlife this book is well worth your time. Dante is simply a master poet and you will spend the rest of your life carrying the images of hell... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2001 by MJ23447