This month saw the 400th anniversary of the publication of the first of part of Don Quixote. I’ve never come close to reading it, but it sounds like one of those books which deserves to be read. As it is one of my Reading Resolutions to read Ulysses this year, maybe I could make it Don Quixote next. One hard giant classic a year – seems fair.
The Guardian have a range of interesting articles about the book:
- Harold Bloom argues that only Shakespeare comes close to Cervantes’ genius
- AS Byatt considers the influence of Cervantes’ masterpiece on the development of the modern novel
- Literature’s favourite knight errant turns 400
- Sean Clarke on why Don Quixote wouldn’t have made it out of the stable without his long-suffering retainer, Sancho Panza