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La divina commedia, in an absolute sense. Captures the Italy of the epoch in a more nuanced way than, probably, any work of art any epoch, and interestingly, in spite of Italy going through some dramatic changes since then, it still remains very vivid and relevant, you can see mirroring in it many things which occurred much later and which are occurring today. If you don't read it "only" as somebody's personal midlife crisis, that is. :D


I seriously believe that Italy is the only Western European nation which has a kind of relationship with a "THE book" as a sort of blueprint which is even comparable to the Jewish adherence to the Bible... But that's a whole other, and much more complex, topic. In any case, I find the attitude towards Commedia to be quite unique in a national, historical and cultural sense.

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