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Dear friends and teachers...

I am struggling to figure out who wrote this book (centuries ago) in which we have this passage:

While I was returning to the
depths, one appeared, in front of my
eyes, who seemed hoarse from long
silence. When I saw him, in the
great emptiness, I cried out to him
‘Have pity on me, whoever you are,
whether a man, in truth, or a
shadow!’ He answered me: ‘Not a
man: but a man I once was, and my
parents were Lombards, and both of
them, by their native place,
Mantuans.


Could you please help me out?Emotion: smile Any comment will be very much appreciated!
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It's from 'Inferno', the first part of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
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I belive you have read the book, haven't you?

Many thanks.