There is no circle in Dante’s Inferno to accommodate this kind of punishment for a life conducted in sin; those of us who have tormented others with words will probably have to move in somewhere on Levels Two to Five alongside other incontinents: the gluttons, misers and spendthrifts, the wrathful and sullen. (Plenty of friends there, then, and no shortage of translators).
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Levels Two to Five
Not strictly a Nordic item, perhaps, but Anthony Briggs has some interesting reflections on judging this year's Rossica Prize. Incidentally, a literal translation of the piece's title is: "God deliver us from judges like these." Money quote: