Nata Osmo Gattegno


Tel Aviv, 2014

Through me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
Justice the founder of my fabric mov’d:
To rear me was the task of power divine,
Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love.
Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.

In her interview with Artemis Alcalay (Tel Aviv, 17 November 2014), Nata Osmo recited the lines of Dante’s Canto III, Vestibule of Hell (“Inscription over the gate to Hell”) in Italian. Quoted here is the English translation of the text by Henry F. Cary, in The Harvard Classics, Charles W. Eliot, ed. (New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1909-14).