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Miguel de Cervantes’ Year. Ten things You Should Know

Miguel de Cervantes’ Year. Ten things You Should Know
Isabel del Rio

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Alcalá de Henares, 29 September 1547 – Madrid, 22 April 1616) was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that it’s also called “the language of Cervantes.”

Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes

His major work, Don Quixote, is considered to be the first modern European novel. The book is regarded among the best works of fiction ever written.

Brave man, he enlisted as a soldier in the Spanish Navy continuing his military life until 1575. Then, he was captured by Ottoman corsairs. After five years of captivity, he was released by his captors, and he returned to Madrid, where he lived and worked until his death.

After Don Quixote’s success, Cervantes solidified his reputation as a great writer. He published the Novelas ejemplares in 1613, the Journey to Parnassus in 1614, and the second part of Don Quixote in 1615. His last work, The Trials of Persiles y Sigismunda, was published posthumously, in 1617.

Don Quixote is two separate volumes. They cover the adventures of Don Quixote, also known as the Knight of La Mancha. He is a comical hero, a goofy who has a superior moral! Because sensible people can also be mean.

“Don Quixote is the ultimate and most sublime work of human thinking.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Don Quixote is paired with a character of opposite qualities, Sancho Panza, a man who represents ordinary people.

Video: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Take a look!

Modern scholars have suggested that Cervantes may have descended from Jews.

In the Battle of Lepanto, Cervantes lost the movement of the left hand.

“To be prepared is half the victory.” Miguel de Cervantes.

Novelas ejemplares (1613) is a collection of 12 short stories about the social, political, and historical problems of Spain.

In accordance with Cervantes’ will, he was buried in the neighboring Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, in central Madrid.

“One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.” Miguel de Cervantes.

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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