Heathcote Williams enters into this new translation of Dante's masterpiece with almost as much enthusiasm as did Dante himself. Whether the souls Dante meets in the Inferno are tortured by cold, fire, their own fingernails, or just longing, Williams manages to make their pain come to life. His narration is so dramatic and so individualized that it feels more like a full-cast production than a solo narration, especially with the accompanying music, which both sets the mood and provides transitions. A short biography of Dante read by John Shrapnel accompanies the production. Shrapnel's voice is full of sympathy over Dante's exile, but his primary quality as a narrator is intense clarity; he handles complex political explanations smoothly and seems at ease with the Italian.
(P)1999 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1999 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
No long winded review,Heathcote Williams and this free verse translation make an increadible experience of this the greatest spiritual poem ever written. Go with this devine comedy....you wont be sorry...
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