Reading Dante

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Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity
Prue Shaw, Liveright, £20 (paperback)
Dante Alighieri wrote an epic poem about the afterlife that, 700 years later, is still universally recognised as the greatest work in the history of Italian literature. In this introduction to the Comedy, Shaw not only interprets the text but also explains how it relates to subsequent literature. Essential reading for all students of Italian.