Dante's Divine Comedy: Book summary and reviews of Dante's Divine Comedy by Seymour Chwast

Dante's Divine Comedy

A Graphic Adaptation

by Seymour Chwast

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Dante's Divine Comedy by Seymour Chwast
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2010
    128 pages
    Genre: Graphic Novels

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The "left-handed designer," Seymour Chwast has been putting his unparalleled take—and influence—on the world of illustration and design for the last half century. In his version of Dante's Divine Comedy, Chwast's first graphic novel, Dante and his guide Virgil don fedoras and wander through noir-ish realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, finding both the wicked and the wondrous on their way.

Dante Alighieri wrote his epic poem The Divine Comedy from 1308 to 1321 while in exile from his native Florence. In the work's three parts (Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise), Dante chronicles his travels through the afterlife, cataloging a multitude of sinners and saints—many of them real people to whom Dante tellingly assigned either horrible punishment or indescribable pleasure—and eventually meeting both God and Lucifer face-to-face.

In his adaptation of this skewering satire, Chwast creates a visual fantasia that fascinates on every page: From the multifarious torments of the Inferno to the host of delights in Paradise, his inventive illustrations capture the delirious complexity of this classic of the Western canon.

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"Starred Review. It all works seamlessly as Chwast does a stunning job of telling Dante's story in his own brilliant style." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. With all due respect to Dante, this is Chwast’s Divine Comedy…[Chwast] makes the Divine Comedy irresistibly comic and inspirationally transcendent." - Kirkus

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Seymour Chwast

Seymour Chwast was born in New York City and is a graduate of The Cooper Union, where he studied illustration and graphic design. He is a founding partner of the celebrated Push Pin Studios, whose distinct style has had a worldwide influence on contemporary visual communications. In 1985 the studio's name was changed to the Pushpin Group, of which Mr. Chwast is the director. More information about Mr. Chwast can be found at www.pushpininc.com.

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