In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love

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Joseph Luzzi’s harrowing story of his wife’s sudden death in a car accident and how Dante’s ‘The Divine Comedy’ helped
him to endure his grief, raise their infant daughter, and rediscover love.

When you lose your whole world in a moment, where do you turn? Joseph Luzzi found the answer in Dante’s opening of The Divine Comedy: ‘In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.’

One cold November morning, Luzzi, a professor and Dante scholar, was told his pregnant wife Katherine had been in a car accident. She did not survive, but their daughter Isabel did, delivered by emergency Caesarean a mere forty-five minutes before her mother died. In one terrible instant, Luzzi found himself both a widower and a father.

In the aftermath of an unthinkable tragedy, Luzzi turned to the support of his Italian immigrant family but it wasn’t until he turned to Dante’s epic poem – a poem he had devoted his life to studying and teaching – that he found a way to resurrect his life. Following the same structure as Dante’s epic poem, Luzzi is shepherded out of his own ‘dark wood,’ passing through the grief-stricken Inferno, the Purgatory of healing and learning to be a father to Isabel, and ultimately stepping into the Paradise of rediscovered love.

A meditation on the influence of great art and power to give us strength in our darkest moments, In a Dark Wood opens the door into the mysteries of Dante’s enduring classic. Beautifully written, poignant and unflinchingly honest, Luzzi’s book is a hybrid of heartrending memoir and meaningful insight into one of the greatest pieces of literature in all history. Drawing us into man’s descent into hell and back, it is Dante’s journey, Luzzi’s and our very own.

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Joseph Luzzi, age 46 and the first American born child in his Italian family, holds a doctorate from Yale and teaches at Bard. He is the author of ‘My Two Italies’ and ‘Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy’, which won the Scaglione Prize for Italian
Studies from the Modern Language Association. An active critic, his essays and reviews have appeared in The New York
Times, The Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, and The Times Literary Supplement. Dante has been the focus of his teaching
and writing for over twenty years, and he is a former Council Member of the Dante Society of America, founded in 1881 by
Dante’s first American translator, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. www. JosephLuzzi.com @LuzziJoseph

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Book Description Book Condition: New. Publisher/Verlag: HarperCollins US | What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love | Joseph Luzzis harrowing story of his wifes sudden death in a car accident and how Dantes THE DIVINE COMEDY helped him to endure his grief, raise their infant daughter, and rediscover love. | In the aftermath of a heartbreaking tragedy, a scholar and writer uses Dante's Divine Comedy to shepherd him through the dark wood of grief and mourning-a rich and emotionally resonant memoir of suffering, hope, love, and the power of literature to inspire and heal the most devastating loss.Where do we turn when we lose everything? Joseph Luzzi found the answer in the opening of The Divine Comedy : "In the middle of our life's journey, I found myself in a dark wood."When Luzzi's pregnant wife was in a car accident-and died forty-five minutes after giving birth to their daughter, Isabel-he finds himself a widower and first-time father at the same moment. While he grieves and cares for his infant daughter, miraculously delivered by caesarean before his wife passed, he turns to Dante's Divine Comedy for solace.In a Dark Wood tells the story of how Dante helps the author rebuild his life. He follows the structure of The Divine Comedy , recounting the Inferno of his grief, the Purgatory of healing and raising Isabel on his own, and then Paradise of the rediscovery of love.A Dante scholar, Luzzi has devoted his life to teaching and writing about the poet. But until he turned to the epic poem to learn how to resurrect his life, he didn't realize how much the poet has given back to him. A meditation on the influence of great art and its power to give us strength in our darkest moments, In a Dark Wood opens the door into the mysteries of Dante's epic poem. Beautifully written and flawlessly balanced, Luzzi's book is a hybrid of heart-rending memoir and critical insight into one of the greatest pieces of literature in all of history. In a Dark Wood draws us into man's descent into hell and back: it is Dante's journey, Joseph Luzzi's, and our very own. | Format: Hardback | Language/Sprache: english | 392 gr | 216x149x26 mm | 320 pp. Bookseller Inventory # K9780062357519

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