Dante’s a cat, right?
Much-loved protagonist of our ‘easy Italian reader’ ebook, Dante, gatto vagante.
If you missed it, read the reviews – people love cats!
And download the free sample chapter (.pdf).
But Dante was also, what, a poet? A writer?
Some famous historical guy? Something to do with the Italian language?
Went to hell?
OK, I’m vague about these things because, like most club members, I didn’t get the dubious benefits of the Italian education system, which involves memorising every fact in human history.
Actually, they begin with pre-history! Though only get as far as the start of fascism, after which history is best dropped off the end of the syllabus, to avoid unpleasantness and embarrassment…
So I guess I should make the effort to find out more about Dante, which means… Wikipedia.
Hey, who’d have guessed it?
I was mostly right – a poet, one of the first to write in Italian rather than Latin, went to hell – no that’s not right, he wrote a famous poem about hell.
And he wasn’t a cat.
All this to introduce some new material, an experimental project, half-conceived as a way to catch up with my children’s extensive general knowledge and half as a make-work project for a writer who likes to stay busy.
Click here to take a look!
Feedback is welcome – email or comment your ideas as to how we could make it better!
Final reminder to buy ‘Il bar’ at 25% off the usual price!
Here’s a final reminder about the new Italian easy reader we published last week, ‘Il bar‘.
The -25% ‘launch offer’ ends on Tuesday night. From Wednesday it’ll sell for £7.99, not the current price of £5.99.
Check out the Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) to can get an idea of the type and level of the material.
Not for you? No worries – there are plenty of easier / harder alternatives in the catalog of our online shop.
Buy ‘Il bar‘, just £5.99! | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Catalog
And NOT the final reminder to take advantage of the excellent, free listening and reading practice offered by our sister website EasyItalianNews.com.
Saturday’s bulletin is here.
Rosemary Sheel says
just read Dante’s Inferno Canto 1 and 2.
Was amazed at how much I could understand and even more amazed at how much I enjoyed it. I’ve never read it in English and was under the impression that it was too difficult to read for pleasure.