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PURGATORY, the mountain that straightens souls made crooked by the world, is Dante's single most conceptually brilliant creation. A remarkable rendering that unearths Dante's muscular and vernacular voice with unprecedented vigor, accuracy, and masterful use of English meter, Esolen's new translation of PURGATORY is part two of his translation of the entire Divine Comedy,. Esolen's introduction is the most interesting of any edition; he explores what Purgatory is theologically, how Dante came to invent it, and how PURGATORY is ultimately about restoration, liberation, and friendship. The unique features Esolen provides, from extensive notes to an appendix of key sources, make this bilingual edition the most illuminating on the market.