001: The Divine Comedy, Part 1: Hell (Penguin Classics)

  • Publish Date: 1950-06-30
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Dante Alighieri
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The first volume of Dante's Divine Comedy

Guided by the poet Virgil, Dante plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God. Together they descend through the nine circles of the underworld and encounter the tormented souls of the damned - from heretics and pagans to gluttons, criminals and seducers - who tell of their sad fates and predict events still to come in Dantes life. In this first part of his Divine Comedy, Dante fused satire and humour with intellect and soaring passion to create an immortal Christian allegory of mankinds search for self-knowledge and spiritual enlightenment.

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