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An extraordinary commentary on an immortal workISI Books is proud to present this exceptional new commentary on Dante’s Inferno. Little known in the United States, author Nicola Fosca nonetheless stands “in the top ten of Dante commentators in the last seven centuries,” according to no less an authority than world-renowned Dante scholar Robert Hollander. Fosca’s commentary, published for the first time in English, will arrive as an unexpected gift—and an indispensable guide—to scholars, students, and readers alike. Fosca examines the first part of Dante’s immortal poem The Divine Comedy line by line,providing an analysis of surpassing depth and richness. He sheds light on the meaning of Dante’s journey, the crucial distinctions between Dante the poet and Dante the character, the Inferno’s literary precedents, and much more. Perhaps the greatest contribution of Dante’s Inferno: A New Commentary is its unified vision: whereas so many contemporary commentators focus on the “aesthetic” elements of the work, Fosca shows how these cannot be separated from the epic’s philosophical and theological components.
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Nicola Fosca, an independent scholar living in Turin, Italy, has written commentaries on Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio. He has also published essays in L’Alighieri, the Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America, and other publications.Robert Hollander (foreword), Professor Emeritus in European Literature at Princeton University, is the cotranslator and editor of the acclaimed three-volume Doubleday edition of The Divine Comedy. The first American elected to the Council of the Società Dantesca Italiana, he is the founding director of the Dartmouth Dante Project and the Princeton Dante Project.
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