Dante's Divine Trilogy

Alasdair Gray & Dante Alighieri

Dante's Divine Trilogy by Alasdair Gray, Dante Alighieri (Paperback ISBN 9781786897022) book cover

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Alasdair Gray’s remarkable retelling of Dante’s Divine Comedy; this edition brings Gray’s Hell, Purgatory and Paradise together into a single edition for the first time

In this masterful retelling of one of the greatest works of world literature, Alasdair Gray – in his last work – offers an original translation in prosaic English rhyme. Lyrical and modern, this complete edition brings all three parts of Dante’s epic journey through Hell and Purgatory and on to Paradise together in a single volume for the first time.

“One of the brightest intellectual and creative lights Scotland has known in modern times”
Nicola Sturgeon

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“A necessary genius”
Ali Smith

“Gray is a true original, a twentieth century William Blake”

“One of the most gifted writers to have put pen to paper in the English language”
Irvine Welsh

”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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Alasdair Gray & Dante Alighieri

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.

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