Four hundred years after his death, a team of 30 researchers in Spain appears to have found the gravesite of that giant of letters, Miguel de Cervantes. You read that right – 30 researchers are on the case. It’s Cervantes, after all.
He was born in 1547 and is often considered the founder of the “modern novel”; the first part of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha was published in 1605. It took a decade for the second part to see print. (Cervantes died a pauper a year later; his mad knight errant still tilts at windmills, centuries later.)
You can find the original, translated into English, for free online. For a very short version, try Tales Of Don Quixote (2004), as seen through the eyes (and pen) of Barbara Nichol, filed in the children’s section of the Lennoxville Library at C-252.
(So, it only took Cervantes a decade to finish the whole story? George RR Martin would be taken aback… he’s still writing… You’ll find the first book in his Game Of Thrones series in Adult Fiction.)
– March 20, 2015