Paradise: Dual Language and New Verse Translation (Evergreens) (Paperback)
In the third and final part of The Divine Comedy, Dante recounts his journey through heaven, after the travails and torments of Hell and the arduous ascent of Mount Purgatory, creating a cosmology of the highest realm of creation which is astonishing in its complexity. In Dante's imagining, Paradise is formed out of concentric spheres surrounding the Earth, beginning with the Moon and ending with the Empyrean. Dante must traverse these ethereal regions guided by his beloved Beatrice, as a means of attaining wisdom, revelation and beatitude.
Containing some of Dante's finest poetry, Dante's Paradise is an enduring vision of grace and a powerful allegory for the struggle for redemption. This dual-text edition completes J.G. Nichols's masterful verse translation of The Divine Comedy.
"This new translation by J.G. Nichols, clearly grounded in a secure knowledge of and familiarity with Dante and in English verse which is rarely less than competently handled, is one that deserves to be taken seriously and will reward any reader who makes his first encounter with Dante through it. It is an intelligent and sophisticated piece of work." - Acumen Literary Journal
"Dante is my spiritual food." - James Joyce
"Bravo for this new version of Dante . . . Bravo, Professor Nichols!" - The Church Times
"All life is written in Dante’s burning pages, and Nichols has done him proud." - Ian Thomson, The Observer
"For sheer liveliness, combined with accuracy and closeness to the text, it will be hard to rival." - A.N. Wilson