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The Life Dante Saves May Be Your Own

A Feature Review of

How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem
Rod Dreher

Hardcover: Regan Arts, 2015
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Reviewed by Joe Krall


“Dante’s epic saved my life,” Rod Dreher writes at the beginning of this strange, moving book, part memoir and part guide to Dante Alighieri’s Commedia. Knowing Dreher as the senior editor of The American Conservative and the writer of a (sometimes ruthlessly) articulate blog, I was surprised by the book’s vulnerability. Those familiar with Dreher’s The Little Way of Ruthie Lemming, a memoir of his late sister, will be in more familiar territory. Like The Little Way, How Dante Can Save Your Life is about the lessons of real life, and the struggle to live out the truth we know.

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Medieval Christianity

This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Check out the full library to date here….

This week we focus on Medieval Christianity. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books.

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Performed Within God’s World
A Review of

Dante’s Deadly Sins: Moral Philosophy in Hell

Raymond Angelo Belliotti

Paperback: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
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Reviewed by Myles Werntz
Dante Alligheri’s magnum opus, The Divine Comedy, has the dubious distinction of being not only one of the most theologically sophisticated works of the medieval world, but also one of the most misunderstood. Dante’s work has inspired generations of reflections on the nature of good and evil, Hell, God’s justice, and human agency, spawning both grotesque video game bastardizations and astute philosophical treatments. At first blush, the Comedy is a carnival of the grotesque, a Saw-like panoply of crime and punishment, with the author ingeniously matching the individual’s grievous sin with an equally grievous penance. But upon closer examination, a complex and intricate vision of the moral life emerges, with the reader journeying not only through the depths of the Inferno, but to the apex of Paradise.
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A Guided Tour Of Hell
A Brief Review of

Faces from Dante’s Inferno: Who They Are, What they Say, And What It All Means

Peter Celano

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2013.
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Reviewed by Leslie Starasta

*** This book is a companion to Longfellow’s translation of Dante’s Inferno, which is available as a free ebook (in multiple formats) here.

Dante’s Inferno, the first part of his work The Divine Comedy, is a piece of literature which many people have heard referenced or have a passing familiarity with its content,  but a much smaller number of people have actually read.  This classic work of Italian poetry has served as an inspiration for numerous other works of literature, art, and even movies, yet no longer is a text read or studied by many individuals.  Many people feel intimidated to even begin such a book.  Fortunately, Peter Celano’s newest work Faces from Dante’s Inferno: Who They Are, What they Say, And What It All Means is available to help.
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Brett Foster Reviews a New Book
of Illustrations for THE DIVINE COMEDY

This thin, handsome collection, featuring Michael Mazur’s illustrations of Dante’s Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, alongside Robert Pinsky’s translated passages on facing pages, promises to appeal to various readerships. Those unfamiliar with Dante can gain a terrific first impression of his medieval epic poem and its treatment of the afterlife from these selections (no lengthy text or intimidating notes in sight). On the other hand, longtime lovers of the Commedia will find here cherished lines brought to new life in Pinsky’s renderings, but most refreshing will be the “embedded” perspectives of Mazur’s illustrations. We never see the character Dante or his guide Virgil themselves, as if pilgrims posing on a stage, but experience Mazur’s alluring visions of their supernatural settings as if looking over the characters’ shoulders, or through their own eyes.

As Pinsky recounts in a preface to this volume, Mazur (whom the art world lost recently) had been an avid reader of Dante in Italian for decades, and he supplied monotype images for Pinsky’s popular edition of Inferno in the mid-1990s. Praising Mazur’s images for inspiring and guiding his own translation efforts, Pinsky describes his collaborator’s works as “themselves acts of translation, embodying certain vital principles.” Pinsky explains the suitability of the monotype form for Inferno—not only in its somber, black-and-white effects, but also in how a print is squeezed through the press. The final products, incorporating the “unique, unpredictable results of pressure,” are moving reflections of the pit in Dante’s narrative, its inhabitants enduring the unrelenting pressures of sin.

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I’ll Tell What I Saw:
Select Translations and Illustrations from the Divine Comedy
Michael Mazur
Paperback: Sarabande Books, 2009.
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Powells Books Reviews
Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez’s latest book resonates as boldly as a jazz ensemble; clear and poignant, it is intransigent in her subject matter. Her impassioned reflections come in the loose form of the American haiku, in groups of two to twenty-one haiku at a time. Primarily ekphrastic, her poems react to and commend the work and activism of African American singers, artists, authors, sculptors, painters, celebrities, and political and social activists, to whom many of the poems are dedicated. Sanchez presents a deeply personal, affected history and promulgation of her race, yet does so in each poem with a fresh breath and new song.

The collection begins with a preface, a “Haikuography.” Most emphasized is the “haiku nature” that resides beneath our rushing lives, the simplest (and nevertheless complex) essence of our existence. Sanchez proclaims that haiku “offer no solutions”; indeed, there are times when no solutions exist, as in “Sister Haiku (for Pat)”:

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Morning Haiku.
Sonia Sanchez.
Hardback: Beacon Press, 2010.
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