A Wanderer In Hell
by Alexis Brooks de Vita
Alexis Brooks de Vita
For an urban English-speaker in the twenty-first century, the original language of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, the first act of his trilogy, the Comedy, would read like a shockingly accurate critique of today’s globalized society, if we could understand it. Dante’s Inferno: A Wanderer in Hell gives second-millennial English-language readers a chance to share the pathos, the humor, and the raw political aggression of Dante’s vision of Hell.
Dante’s Inferno: A Wanderer in Hell preserves the meaning of Dante’s verses, line by line. Where a literal translation of his highly philosophical but often slang-rich text will not make sense for the twenty-first century English-speaking reader, the most reasonable compromise of the literal and figurative is used.
Written in exile from Florence, Dante’s Inferno speaks to those of us today who question our own and our societies’ values. Dante, lost in the middle of his lifetime, wanders behind Virgil down the narrow safe passage through Hell’s increasingly nightmarish suffering. On this horrendous journey, Dante will come to understand the consequences of the social evils running rampant in Europe’s cancerously spreading empire that values profits more than people and teaches its citizens to prize their own personal pleasure above principle, spreading sexual license, gang turf war, and international political and religious violence.
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Born in the Watts Projects a few years before the Riots, Alexis Brooks de Vita lived in Uganda under Idi Amin Dada and was sent to school in Switzerland to escape his coup, traveling through France, Italy, Hungary, and Russia while it was still the Soviet Union. She has two daughters and two sons who have traveled with her in Europe and Uganda. Her degrees are in the Comparative Literature of women of African descent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. She is the author of Mythatypes: Signatures and Signs of African/Diaspora and Black Goddesses; The 1855 Murder Case of Missouri versus Celia, an Enslaved Woman: An Exercise in Historical Imagination. Her publications with Fiction4All include Left Hand of the Moon, Dante's Inferno: A Wanderer in Hell, and the Books of Joy Trilogy: Burning Streams, Blood of Angels and Chain Dance. She is the contributing editor of two anthologies: Love and Darker Passions and Tales in Firelight and Shadow.