The Divine Comedy

  • by Dante Alighieri, Stephen Wyatt
  • Narrated by Blake Ritson, John Hurt, David Warner, Hattie Morahan, Full Cast
  • 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Blake Ritson, David Warner, Hattie Morahan and John Hurt star in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Dante's epic poem.
Inferno: Thirty-five year old Dante finds himself in the middle of a dark wood, in extreme personal and spiritual crisis. Hope of rescue appears in the form of the venerable poet Virgil, now a shade himself, who offers to lead Dante on an odyssey through the afterlife, beginning in the terrifying depths of Hell.
Purgatorio: Dante is led up Mount Purgatory by his guide. They encounter numerous souls who have embarked on the same difficult journey - one that will eventually lead to their spiritual salvation.
Paradiso: Dante's journey comes to a glorious conclusion as he is led by Beatrice, through the spheres of Paradise and into the presence of God himself. As they ascend, they encounter a number of souls who have also achieved blessedness. Many years later, the older Dante reflects on the episodes from his life that have inspired his great poem.

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Very good

I first listened to this when it was broadcast on the radio. It is very enjoyable and have listened to it many times. I would recommend it to anyone.
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- Andrew J Nolan

Fantastic Read

The performances were amazing. Gives real insight into Christians and non-Christians. Really makes you think!
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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-09-2014
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd