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Valley of the Dead: The Truth Behind Dante's Inferno

Dante Alighieri;Paffenroth, Kim

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ISBN 10: 1934861316 / ISBN 13: 9781934861318
Published by Permuted Pr, Mena, Arkansas, U.S.A., 2010
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: Valley of the Dead: The Truth Behind Dante's...

Publisher: Permuted Pr, Mena, Arkansas, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Working from Dante's "Inferno" to draw out the reality behind the fantasy, author Kim Paffenroth unfolds the horrifying true events that led Dante to fictionalize the account of his lost years ... For seventeen years of his life, the exact whereabouts of the medieval Italian poet Dante Alighieri are unknown to modern scholars. It is known that during this time he traveled as an exile across Europe, working on his epic poem, "The Divine Comedy." In his masterpiece he describes a journey through the three realms of the afterlife. The most famous of its three volumes, "Inferno," describes hell. During his lost wanderings, Dante stumbled upon an infestation of the living dead. The unspeakable acts he witnessed--cannibalism, live burnings, evisceration, crucifixion, and dozens more--became the basis of all the horrors described in Inferno. Afraid to be labeled a madman, Dante made the terrors he experienced into a more "believable" account of an otherworldly adventure filled with demons and mythological monsters. But at last, the real story can finally be told.

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Kim Paffenroth is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He is the author of "The Story of Jesus according to L" and the coeditor of "Augustine and Liberal Education".

For over thirty years, Victor Bevine has worked as an actor, screenwriter, audio book narrator, director, and more. A graduate of Yale University, his acting credits include many prestigious roles onstage as well as roles in the film version of A Separate Peace and countless television shows. He has read over one hundred and eighty titles as an audiobook narrator; in 2010, he received an Audiophone Award for his narration of the Pulitzer Prize winning book The Beak of the Finch. He has written several screenplays, including Certainty, which was chosen for two prestigious writers conferences and which served as the basis for his first novel. His thirty-minute short film Desert Cross, which he wrote and directed, won accolades at the Athens International Film Festival. Currently, he serves as CEO of the World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF), of which he is co-founder. He resides in New York City.

Kim Paffenroth is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He is the author of "The Story of Jesus according to L" and the coeditor of "Augustine and Liberal Education".

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