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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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