DURLING, R. M. M.,
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Volume 3: Paradiso.
Oxford University Press, 2013. 888p. Paperback. As Durling and Martinez complete their monumental three-volume presentation of Dante's masterpiece, we can sense their triumph and elation, despite their characteristic modesty. This, after all, is the volume with which they can demonstrate the fullness and consistency of Dante's great project, its final approach to what they describe in one footnote as 'a pitch of intensity unique in all literature.' The scholarship, as always, is graceful, comprehensive, and acute, and it surrounds a translation that is so carefully considered and fully realized as to be, at times, quite breathtaking. David Young, translator of The Poetry of Petrarch (Publisher's information).