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Tobias Gregory: ‘Orlando Furioso’

9 September 2010
‘Orlando Furioso’: A New Verse Translation 
by Ludovico Ariosto, translated by David Slavitt.
Harvard, 672 pp., £29.95, November 2009, 978 0 674 03535 5
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... is up, no supplication and so no moral complexity about the killing. Ruggiero brings Rodomonte to the ground and offers mercy; the furious Saracen struggles on, and is dispatched by a dagger thrust. DavidSlavitt’s new abridged translation of the Furioso aims to amuse. ‘The great lesson this work can have for students,’ he writes in the preface, ‘is that poetry can be fun.’ To convey this ...

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