The young Dante Alighieri was a love-sick poet who concentrated on writing rarefied, intellectual verse about Beatrice, the girl he had loved since they were both children. He studiously ignored his own innate talent for narrative horror, and behaved as if he was entirely unaware of the increasingly violent political turmoil that gripped Florence. Fate had to work very hard to make him write the his greatest work, the Divine Comedy. Dante's Invention is the story of how it did so. A succession of increasingly painful personal experiences broadened the scope of his vision. When Dante found himself condemned to death in his absence, he could no longer ignore the real world. The result was the epic three-part fantasy which took him the rest of his life to write. The Divine Comedy really does deal with life, the universe and everything, as Dante recounts the story of his fictional travels across the universe, from Hell to Heaven.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 01 / 2011