Italian Book Club, December 6th meeting: DANTE
The second meeting of our Italian book club will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, December 6th at Waterstones, Oxford. We’ll be talking about Dante’s Divine Comedy.
There are many, many translations of Dante. We like the one by Robin Kirkpatrick, but if you’re happy with a looser translation, then Clive James’s is highly readable. (NB For those who missed the first meeting, you can find 2 books which provide a wonderful introduction to Dante here.)
As not everyone will have time to read the entire poem, we’re going to be focusing on the following canticles:
5: Paolo and Francesca
16: Marco Lombardo (for Dante’s politics)
30: Beatrice’s appearance
30: Arrival in heaven
33: Final vision
One initial question we’d like to raise in our discussion: as Italy considers eliminating Dante from the school curriculum for being too out of date, is there an argument to say that he’s more relevant than ever?
Please join us!
Enquiries to Rosalinda Polato (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Five Books runs two book clubs. Our Italian Book Club meets the first Monday of every month in Waterstones, Oxford, at 7pm. We also have a Latin Lovers Book Club, which meets the second Monday of the month in Waterstones, Gower Street in London at 6pm.