Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation
A revolutionary of visual culture, Seymour Chwast is one of the most influential illustrators of the last half century. In his version of "Dante's Divine Comedy", Dante and his guide Virgil don fedoras and wander through noirish realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in this classic satire of... show more
A revolutionary of visual culture, Seymour Chwast is one of the most influential illustrators of the last half century. In his version of "Dante's Divine Comedy", Dante and his guide Virgil don fedoras and wander through noirish realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in this classic satire of human foibles. Humorous, ironic, political, and utterly unique, this "Divine Comedy" is a comics masterpiece.
Publish date: August 31st 2010
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
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Seymour Chwast's graphic novel is a thoroughly enjoyable companion piece to Dante's Comedìa. It's the literary geek's equivalent to action figures, only with delicious irony and style and demanding fewer explanations for one's spouse. Chwast has given us a Divine Comic. [Pre-recorded groans go here....
A graphic novel that could serve as a cliff notes to the original "Divine Comedy," but brings nothing of its own to the table. The only creative license is to update the clothing to something more modern, like from the 1930's and 40's, but it doesn't add to anything. Unfortunately, the simplicity of...
An odd book. I like that the second and third canticles get equal attention (or is it equal inattention?) in this book. As an adaptation, it's incomplete and flighty, yet filled with what amount to amusing little in-jokes for anyone with a reasonable familiarity with Dante. A mixture of offbeat succ...
(Won from First Reads.)There are some wonderful visual images in this book, but on the whole, I was underwhelmed. The story is a bare bones summary of the plot of the original, which I found pretty hard to follow. The real body of the work is the pen & ink illustrations, which use archtypal images ...