Review by Choice Review
Musa's distinguished translation of Inferno, widely available as a Penguin paperback since 1984 (and before that from Indiana University Press, which first published it in 1971), appears here in a new and innovative guise. This critical edition presents, as well as the familiar text and annotations, ten critical essays by leading North American scholars of Dante: Lawrence Baldassaro, Guy Raffa, Denise Heilbronn-Gaines, Amilcare Iannucci, Musa himself, Christopher Kleinhenz, Robert Hollander, Ricardo Quinones, Joan Ferrante, and John Welle. Though these essays do not--indeed, could not--succeed in covering all the possible points on which a beginning reader of the Divine Comedy might need guidance, their generally high quality enables them to serve as an excellent orientation within contemporary critical debate. No other currently available translation of Inferno offers anything similar. Regrettably, this edition fails to provide any general introduction to Dante's life and works, as Musa's two earlier versions both did; but, on the whole, this is a laudable initiative in Dante studies, especially from the viewpoint of English-language pedagogy. Recommended for all levels. S. Botterill University of California, Berkeley
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Review by Library Journal Review
Musa (Italian, Indiana Univ.), who is noted for his translation of Dante's Vita Nuova, adds to the body of contemporary versions of the Inferno. Musa's verse translation is accurate but flattens Dante's poetry and diction; the translations of Ciardi, Mandelbaum, and, more recently, Robert Pinsky (LJ 11/1/93) are more satisfying as poetry. Furthermore, Musa's version does not include the original Italian. Of greater value are the author's detailed textual notes, bibliography of recent work on the Inferno, and collection of critical essays by the leading Dante scholars: Lawrence Baldassaro, Guy Raffa, Denise Heilbronn-Gaines, Amilcare Inannucci, Christopher Kleinhenz, Robert Hollander, Ricardo Quinones, Joan Ferrante, and John Welle. A convenient and accessible edition for academic collections.T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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