The Inferno

Ciaran Carson

Winner of The Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize

The Inferno

Inferno, the first volume of Dante’s Divine Comedy, is an imaginitive tour de force. Dante’s hero, Virgil, guides him through hell, showing him the inhabitants of each of its nine circles and examples of the divine justice meted out to them. Ciaran Carson’s translation of the text is suffused with wit, anger and irreverent vigour and attempts not to diminish the pathos of the original. This is a retelling of Dante’s epic journey for the twenty-first-century reader.

‘Quite simply the best version of Dante there is’ Ali Smith, Scotsman Books of the Year

‘Carson’s version…is the first I’ve ever read in which the English (because Irish really) ever seemed so kickingly alive’ Paul Muldoon, Irish Times Books of the Year


  • Head of Zeus UK

Previously Granta Books UK

Material: English PDF