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Why would a Vermont author in his right mind rewrite Dante’s Inferno?

May 25th, 2010

At last I got tired of trying to explain to my friends just what
it was that I saw in Dante’s Comedy. It might have appeared to them
as a harmless obsession, differing from others in which I periodically
indulged – fly fishing, the novels of Henry James and Patrick O’Brien,
certain television series – mainly in that it never went away. Once
very year or so I would read through from the first line of the Inferno
to the last of Paradiso. How to explain the attraction of a late medieval
Catholic vision of the afterlife, however exalted its reputation, for
a very contemporary agnostic-Jewish-Buddhist American?

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