The New Life (La vita nuova)

Read by Mary J

(4.4 stars; 24 reviews)

One of Dante's earliest works, La vita nuova or La vita nova (The New Life) is in a prosimetrum style, a combination of prose and verse, and tells the story of his youthful love for Beatrice. The prose creates the illusion of narrative continuity between the poems; it is Dante's way of reconstructing himself and his art in terms of his evolving sense of the limitations of courtly love (the system of ritualized love and art that Dante and his poet-friends inherited from the Provençal poets, the Sicilian poets of the court of Frederick II, and the Tuscan poets before them). Sometime in his twenties, Dante decided to try to write love poetry that was less centered on the self and more aimed at love as such: he intended to elevate courtly love poetry, many of its tropes and its language, into sacred love poetry. Beatrice for Dante was the embodiment of this kind of love—transparent to the Absolute, inspiring the integration of desire aroused by beauty with the longing of the soul for divine splendor. - Summary by adapted from Wikipedia by Mary J (2 hr 1 min)


Prefatory Note and Introduction 11:54 Read by Mary J
Section 1 7:21 Read by Mary J
Section 2 7:33 Read by Mary J
Section 3 10:27 Read by Mary J
Section 4 9:49 Read by Mary J
Section 5 11:26 Read by Mary J
Section 6 8:25 Read by Mary J
Section 7 12:19 Read by Mary J
Section 8 9:44 Read by Mary J
Section 9 13:02 Read by Mary J
Section 10 10:31 Read by Mary J
Section 11 9:07 Read by Mary J



(5 stars)

Over the past 2 years I listened to this at least twenty times. The theme is honest and pure. The reader is Great.


(5 stars)

Mary J is an excellent reader

Vita Nova

(5 stars)

I own this little book. I watched videos on it. Watched lectures on it too. I now understand this book. Not from the videos or lectures though. If anyone else understands Dante's obsession for this Beatrice email me at-- Peace

(5 stars)

Mary J is the shiznet hope she can read my book !

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I must and will read it!