The final book from the late Alasdair Gray – the conclusion to his remarkable interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy
Dante, now guided by Beatrice, faces the final third of his epic journey through the wheels of divine justice. Yet as he passes through the spheres of Heaven, he struggles with his faith, striving to understand the scales of good and evil that determine the fate of a human soul.
The final book from Alasdair Gray, Paradise is a fitting conclusion to his own irreplaceable body of work, as well as to his masterful retelling of Dante’s trilogy.
“Praise for Dante’s Divine Trilogy: Alasdair Gray has cast a spell over Dante’s Hell, creating (and decorating) a verse translation that is modern, lyrical, yet faithful to the original”
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“An ancient masterpiece glistens again as his lyricism takes flight, while keeping one foot balanced on solid ground … Gray turns Dante’s language into clear English, sometimes with a playful comic turn … Remarkable”
“No other translator has made the narratives so clear or strong, and the distinctive power of the work lies in the clarity of the storytelling … This Hell is a magnificent feat of reimagining of one of the greatest of all human creations”
“This slim but handsome volume sees Glasgow author Gray complete part two of his translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy … If you’ve ever wanted to try the classic, but have been daunted, now is your chance”
“Powerfully conveys the appalling nature of a vision which has terrified and enthralled Western men and women down the centuries”
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Born in 1934, Alasdair Gray graduated in design and mural painting from the Glasgow School of Art. Since 1981, when Lanark was published by Canongate, he authored, designed and illustrated seven novels, several books of short stories, a collection of his stage, radio and TV plays and a book of his visual art, A Life in Pictures. In November 2019, he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Saltire Society. He died in December 2019, aged eighty-five.