Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ten of the best visions of hell in literature

For the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best visions of hell in literature.

One book on the list:
Inferno by Dante

"Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate." In Dante's nine deepening circles, sinners get what they have deserved. The lustful are blown forever in tormenting storms; corrupt politicians simmer in bubbling tar; professional flatterers are bathed in excrement.
Read about another book on the list.

Dante is one of Angus Clarke's favorite religious poets.

The Divine Comedy is one of George Weigel's five essential books for understanding Christianity.

--Marshal Zeringue