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Dante's Divine Comedy


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A biography of the great epic poem.

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Ian Thomson is the author of an acclaimed biography of Primo Levi and of two prize-winning travel books, Bonjour Blanc: A Journey Through Haiti and The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica.


'Erudite and urgent, Ian Thomson makes an excellent Virgilian guide and his Dante's Divine Comedy is another book that everyone ought to read' Spectator.
'[A] book worth savouring as a chunky, chatty, richly illustrated guide that brings Dante and his world within our reach' Evening Standard.
'Succinct but wide-ranging, Ian Thomson's richly illustrated exploration of Dante's masterpiece [is] fun ... ingenious ... Fascinating' Observer.
'This book is an object of great beauty ... Thomson's aim, triumphantly realised, is to remind us why Dante's great poem is a 'landmark'' Tablet.
'[A] lively new book ... It has become a cliche to refer to critics as Virgil, but it would be hard to think of any more appropriate way to describe what Ian Thomson offers here' Catholic Herald.
'Thomson teases readers into wanting to find out their own answers. He'll lead you back to that neglected copy on your book shelf. And this time you'll pick it up' Financial Times.
'Encapsulates everything we need for the ultimate poetic voyage from Hell to Paradise by way of Purgatory' TLS, Books of the Year.
'Thomson's elegant, intelligent guide views the epic poem as a kind of recovery programme for those who have lost their way, and in turn leads you back to that neglected original on your bookshelf' Financial Times, Books of the Year.
'Ian Thomson is a travel writer, and here he attempts the most ambitious journey of all in the company of Dante - "to hell and back", as he puts it' Church Times.

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