Book Review of Vita Nova in Raintown Review

The latest Raintown Review, a fantastic issue, includes my review of Dante’s Vita Nova, translated by Andrew Frisardi. I can’t copy it here (yet), but suffice it to say that this is a superb translation of Dante’s first book, devoted mainly to the subject of love, in which we are introduced to Beatrice, with whom he was in love, and who became, in a transformation of the nature of his love in the the very text of this “little book,” the exalted central inspirational figure in his masterpiece, the Paradiso. The text contains both poetry and prose, and Frisardi’s skills as a poet, particularly in the type of poetry Dante wrote, really bear fruit here. The introduction and notes present fascinating background info written quite engagingly. More information can be found here, where the book can also be purchased.


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