A new "Paradiso"

Robert and Jean Hollander have produced a new translation of Dante's masterpiece Paradiso, the third book of the Divine Comedy. Jean Hollander, a poet, was in charge of writing the verse, while Robert Hollander, a Dante scholar, preserved the accuracy of the original. Joan Acocella of The New Yorker has a review.

Jean Hollander's opening reads as follows:

The glory of Him who moves all things
pervades the universe and shines
in one part more and in another less.

I was in that heaven which receives
more of His light. He who comes down
from there
can neither know or tell what he has
seen,

for, drawing near to its desire,
so deeply is our intellect immersed
that memory cannot follow after it.