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Description - Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading romances of chivalry that he determines to become a knight errant and pursue bold adventures, accompanied by his squire, the cunning Sancho Panza. As they roam the world together, the ageing Quixote's fancy leads them wildly astray. At the same time the relationship between the two men grows with fascinating subtlety. Often considered to be the first modern novel, Don Quixote is a wonderful burlesque of the popular literature its disordered protagonist is obsessed with. John Rutherford's landmark translation does full justice to the energy and wit of Cervantes's prose. His introduction discusses the traditional works parodied in Don Quixote, as well as issues surrounding literary translation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140449099
ISBN-10: 0140449094
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 46mm)
Pages: 1056
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the son of a poor Spanish doctor, was almost certainly born in 1547. He served in Italy when he was twenty-one, and as a regular soldier he took part in the naval battle of Lepanto and other engagements, until he was captured by pirates while returning to Spain in 1575 and taken to be the slave of a renegade Greek in Algiers; he attempted unsuccessfully to escape three times, and was finally ransomed in 1580. For the rest of his life he was preoccupied with the difficulties of making a living, and spent several periods in prison. He had already written some plays and a pastoral novel, La Galatea, when in 1592 he offered to write six plays at fifty ducats apiece. He had no success until 1605, when the publication of the first part of Don Quixote brought him immediate popularity. The Exemplary Stories were published as a collection in 1613, and in 1615 appeared the promised continuation of Don Quixote. Cervantes died in 1616.

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