La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri audiobook

La Vita Nuova

By Dante Alighieri
Translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Read by Jonathan Keeble

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2.39 Hours Unabridged
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Written in alternating prose and poetry, La Vita Nuova (The New Life) is a profound reflection on the nature of love, devoted to Dante’s muse Beatrice. Following Beatrice’s death in 1290, Dante became obsessed with the young Florentine woman, whom he only ever knew from a distance. He believed his love for her was a form of divine love, and saw her as an image of salvation itself – a theme that is later explored in his masterpiece The Divine Comedy, where she guides him through heaven. La Vita Nuova gives a fascinating glimpse into the poet’s innermost feelings – his joy, his guilt and his grief – and remains one of the greatest works of Christian autobiography.

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Summary

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Written in alternating prose and poetry, La Vita Nuova (The New Life) is a profound reflection on the nature of love, devoted to Dante’s muse Beatrice. Following Beatrice’s death in 1290, Dante became obsessed with the young Florentine woman, whom he only ever knew from a distance. He believed his love for her was a form of divine love, and saw her as an image of salvation itself – a theme that is later explored in his masterpiece The Divine Comedy, where she guides him through heaven. La Vita Nuova gives a fascinating glimpse into the poet’s innermost feelings – his joy, his guilt and his grief – and remains one of the greatest works of Christian autobiography.

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Editorial Reviews

“Imagine getting a lesson on the works of Dante from the poet himself. Jonathan Keeble narrates La Vita Nuova, verse Dante wrote in 1295, like a poet who has been asked to explain his own work: with keen interest tempered by a bit of distance, so as not to get carried away. It is the story of Dante’s love for Beatrice, told through the various sonnets he wrote for her, as translated rather floridly by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the nineteenth century. Keeble keeps Dante’s explanations of the sonnets clear and reasonably conversational, and those interested in life in late medieval Florence will find plenty of interesting nuggets (although, curiously, Dante is careful never to mention the name of the city)." AudioFile

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Author Bio: Dante Alighieri

Author Bio: Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), one of the greatest poets in the Italian language, was born in Florence and later banished from there for his political activities. His philosophical-political poem La Commedia, later called La Divina Commedia, is considered a masterpiece of world literature.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 2.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English