The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Ante Purgatory - The Sydney narration

Publisher Description

An English translation of a treasure of world literature, faithful to the letter and spirit of Dante’s central part of the ‘Comedy’: Ante Purgatory. Performed since 1999 in this version all over the world with Deo Bosco's original music, this special edition, was created for an Australian series of performances in Sydney, August 2014.

Deo Bosco is an award winning music composer, researcher and author, that has dedicated many years to the study of Dante and his poetry.

Having lived for 2 decades in the heart of Tuscany, Deo Bosco's native knowledge of the Italian language and of the Tuscan dialect in particular, makes this translation one of the most faithful to the literal meaning of Dante's masterpiece.

Imagine yourself transported by the sound of the sea and the tale of a mystical journey, to the sensual beaches surrounding an island. Welcome to the Island, welcome to Purgatory. In the words of the 'Supreme Poet' written 700 years ago, beyond Hell lays an island in the southern hemisphere, where souls travel on a mountain path to seek redemption.

Purgatory: the human realm on the 'other side':

While Paradise is too pure and still and Hell to irreversible for living beings, it is Purgatory the true human realm of passage and transformation.

Dante's 'Divine Comedy' narrates the journey through these three realms, lasting from the night before Good Friday to the Wednesday after Easter in the spring of 1300. The Roman poet Virgil guides him through Hell and Purgatory; Beatrice, Dante's ideal woman, guides him through Heaven.

Having survived the depths of Hell, Dante and his guide, Virgil ascend out of the dark underworld gloom, to the island/rock of Purgatory on the opposite side of the world to where the journey started. The island, detailedly described as being in the Southern Hemisphere and home to the 'very first people', was created when according to medieval lore, Satan's fall from Heaven generated the Hell realm.

The central parts of the 'Divine Comedy' - Ante-Purgatory and Purgatory - are notable for demonstrating medieval knowledge of a spherical Earth and of a Southern Land. It is a vision of 'our' world filled with amazement at how human beings, by having consciousness of their actions, can completely rewrite their destiny. Dante's 'Divine Comedy' it's an hymn to the true significance of human liberty.

    Fiction & Literature
    14 September
    Deocleziano Diego Bosco

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