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Divine Comedy

Postby bruce n h » 25 Aug 2008, 19:35

Hi all,

I assume this would be the right forum for this. Has anyone read Kathryn Lindskoog's presentation of the Divine Comedy? I've read Dorothy Sayers' translation (with Pardise finished by Barbara Reynolds after Sayers' death) but am interested in getting a different perspective. From what I can find on-line it seems that rather than a straight translation, this is a prose version created by combining several different translations.

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Postby repectabiggle » 25 Aug 2008, 19:58

Hi bruce,

Not sure how much you've been able to see of the book itself, but you can read some of it with Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=BpPMKgNI0w4C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_summary_r&cad=0#PPT1,M1 and at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0865545847/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link.

I. . .guess it's Lindskoog's translation. I can't find anything that says otherwise. I wouldn't bother with any prose translation, personally, but I certainly wouldn't read any edition that has some pages 1/4 text and 3/4 footnotes. Ugh.

Actually, I lie, since the edition of the Pearl Poet's works that I'm reading is like that. But that's in Middle English, and it's the best edition I could find.

Anyway, I've read a few translations of Dante, and while I can't say how they relate to the original Italian, I do like Anthony Esolen's translation and Allen Mandelbaum's.

Hope that helps at all.
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Postby ABC » 02 Oct 2008, 18:37

My favourite is Robert Pinsky's - but he only did the Inferno!
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Re: Divine Comedy

Postby cyranorox » 27 Feb 2009, 16:39

Sayers' is wonderful, and I doubt you will find better, if you like her high, brisk, lively English. More importantly, she is a believer, and thus comes with an understanding that informs her choices. Esolen is, sort of, but imho he's a classic Christianity-And case, the And being buttheaded wingnut views. I like Merwin's, and I don't know his views.
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