And let’s not forget Cervantes…


April 23, 1616 is recorded as the death date not just for William Shakespeare, but also Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes, who  is considered by man to have written the greatest book ever, far ahead even of Homer and Shakespeare, my personal favourites.

http://thegreatestbooks.org/lists/28

Larisa library has also been celebrating Cervantes’ work along with Shakespeare.

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Dima  recreated some of windmills of La Mancha for an event for local children.

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Here is a picture of her hard at work  preparing a presentation for a school with some of her stunning windmills, made out of cardboard, paper and other odds and ends.

Apart from probing philosophical questions about how we form our ideas about the world, Don Quixote is the funniest book I have ever read.

https://www.h-net.org/~cervantes/csa/artics92/creel.htm

The age of chivalry has past. But Alonso is so cut off in his remote home in La Mancha with his library of books that he hasn’t realized it. The ideals of chivalry continue to exist in his fiery imagination. He has such an active mind (an sign of our divinity and immortality, says Tertullian) and is filled with such  enthusiasm for a “higher purpose” that he decides to go into action. One day, he rides out with his lance to defend the helpless and fight the wicked.

The comedy comes from the way Don Quixote enthusiasm and ideals collide with prosaic reality. Only he never notices it. He has such a powerful imagination that he lives in dreams. In a kind of delirium, he re interprets the whole world to suit his version.

The character is so brilliantly drawn that we are left constantly wondering. Is Don Quixote a dreamy idealist or is he an idiot? What is real? What is imagination in our lives?

Cervantes was a  soldier who was shot twice in the chest, captured by Ottoman pirates and kept as a slave for five years in Algiers. One of the characters in Don Quixote tells his story in captivity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Cervantes#Military_service_and_captivity

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