THE PROJECT

Dante was fascinated by the multiplicity of languages and liked playing with languages and dialects. This is probably why we find in the Divine Comedy two examples of his invented languages – the language of Pluto (pape satàn pape satàn aleppe) and the one of Nimrod, the king of Babel who decided to build the famous tower against divine will. When Nimrod saw Dante appearing in his infernal circle, he attacked him with an angry, threatening and definitely incomprehensible invective: «raphèl maì amecche zabì almi!».
We can quite understand why Nimrod was in such a bad mood.
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  • Dante Poliglotta - La Divina Commedia

Bergin – 1969

Translation in blank verse by Thomas G. Bergin (New Haven, CT, 1905 – Madison, CT, 1987), professor at Cornell and Yale universities, one of the main U.S. experts in Italian Literature, particularly on Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. Edition published at New York in 1969. Illustrated by Leonard Baskin (1922-2000), American academician, sculptor and drawer.

De Brún – 1963

Translation in blank verse by monsignor Pádraig de Brún (Gráinseach Mhoicléir, Tipperary county, 1889 – Dublin 1960), Irish mathematician, writer and priest. First edition of the Inferno published at Dublin in 1963.

Graça Moura – 1997

Translation in terza rima by Vasco Graça Moura (Foz do Douro 1942), Portuguese writer and politician. Edition published at Lisbon in 1997 (first edition 1995).

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UKRAINIAN – Halyna Yavorska

Halyna Yavorska was born in Ternopil (Ukraine) in 1961. She took her degree in Russian philology at the Ivan Franko State University of Leopoli (Lvov) in 1986. She has a deep knowledge of languages and of Russian and Ukrainian literature. Since 1999 she has lived in Italy where she is [...]

RUSSIAN – Anastasia Vilkova

Anastasia Vilkova was born in Astrakhan, one of the principal cities in the south of European Russia on the Volga river. She completed her studies at the Faculty of Modern Letters in the University of Astrakhan where she specialised in linguistic history with particular emphasis on old Russian. Currently she [...]

KOREAN – Susanna Kwon

Susanna Kwon (Kwon Soo-Jung), a soprano, took her degree at the Seoul Music University and since 1995 has lived in Italy where she has come to maturity with C. Castellani, R. O. Malaspina, N. Palacios, R. Kabaivanska and G. Scalchi.  The winner of international competitions, continually busy on the concert [...]

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UKRAINIAN – Oleksandr Dmytrenko

Oleksandr Dmytrenko is a Ukrainian linguist born in 1971.  He took his degree in 1994 at the Upper Pedagogic Institute for foreign languages of Kiev. He is now professor of French at the École spécialisée № 49 of the Ukrainian capital, a school for advanced studies on the French language. ------- Oleksandr Dmytrenko has lent [...]

Kazuo Okuma

Kazuo Okuma is a Japanese journalist born in Tokyo in 1937.  He took his degree in History and Scientific Philosophy in 1963 at the University of Tokyo and immediately started working for the daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun, one of the principal Japanese dailies, which he only left in 1990 in order [...]

Humphrey Tonkin

Humphrey Tonkin was born in the UK (Truro, Cornwall, 1939) and moved to the United States as a graduate student.  He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Cambridge University and a a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  For many years he taught English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He [...]

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And still the mode offends me

A theatrical presentation (in Italian) of social commitment, about the terrible problem of femicide and violence against women, stemming not by chance from Dante’s verses dedicated to Francesca da Rimini, and unfolding in a dialogue between a slightly eccentric professor and a willing lady pupil who aspires to become a lecturer in education about gender equality and emotional feelings […]

Glottis

This is the monologue "Glottis – Half-serious excursion into the translations of the Divine Comedy" of and with Giuliano Turone, which has been shown in recent years several times