Dante: What The Hell Culture

Dante’s 14C Divine Comedy continues to inspire. After perhaps 100 extant translations into English, this year brings two more from poets Clive James and Mary Jo Bang. Plus a novel from Dan Brown, Inferno, which uses Dante’s themes and imagery. “For all its absurdities, Brown’s book is a comfort, because it proves that the Divine Comedy is still alive in our culture”. As do the new translations, which are not great, but honourable (3,339 words)

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