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Charming retelling of the hilarious misadventures of Don Quixote, the idealistic knight, and his squire, Sancho Panza, who set out to right the wrongs of the world. Abridged edition.
Best known today as the author of Don Quixote--one of the most beloved and widely read novels in the Western tradition--Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) was a poet and a playwright as well. After some early successes on the Madrid stage in the 1580s, his theatrical career was interrupted by other literary efforts. Yet, eager to prove himself as a playwright, shortly before his death he published a collection of his later plays before they were ever performed.With their depiction of captives in North Africa and at the Ottoman court, two of these, "The Bagnios of Algiers" and "The Great Sultana," draw heavily on Cervantes's own experiences as a captive, and echo important episodes in Don Quixote. They are set in a Mediterranean world where Spain and its Muslim neighbors clashed repeatedly while still remaining in close contact, with merchants, exiles, captives, soldiers, and renegades frequently crossing between the two sides. The plays provide revealing insights into Spain's complex perception of the world of Mediterranean Islam.Despite their considerable literary and historical interest, these two plays have never before been translated into English. This edition presents them along with an introductory essay that places them in the context of Cervantes's drama, the early modern stage, and the political and cultural relations between Christianity and Islam in the early modern period.
"Ever since I could chase a bone, I've longed to talk...."The first talking-dog story in Western literature--from the writer generally acknowledged, alongside William Shakespeare, as the founding father of modern literature, no less?Indeed, The Dialogue of the Dogs features, in a condensed, powerful version, all the traits the author of Don Quixote is famous for: It's a picaresque rich in bawdy humor, social satire, and fantasy, and it uses story tactics that were innovative at the time, such as the philandering husband who, given syphilis by his wife, is hospitalized. Late one feverish night he overhears the hospital's guard dogs telling each other their life's story--a wickedly ironic tale within the tale within the tale, wherein the two virtuous canines find themselves victim, time and again, to deceitful, corrupt humanity. Here in a sparkling new translation, the parody of a Greek dialogue is so entertaining it belies the stunningly prescient sophistication of this novella--that it is a story about telling stories, and about creating a new way to discuss morality that isn't rooted in empiricism. In short, it's a masterful work that flies in the face of the forms and ethics of its time...and perhaps ours as well. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
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Miguel de Cervantes began to write this literary classic after serving in the Spanish militia, surviving a gunshot wound, being captured by Barbary pirates, forced into slavery, and being ransomed by his parents. He knows intimately the joys and tragedies of life, love, and loss, and his literary masterpiece is considered one of the most influential works of literature. Don Quixote was first published in two separate volumes, in 1605 and 1615, but this timeless account has survived and thrived for more than 400 years, and is brought to you in one complete volume.
Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. Unless you read Spanish, you've never read Don Quixote. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 11-12 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
This edition offers a selection of famous episodes retold for young readers.
The story of the Spanish knight whose devotion to tales of chivalry leads him and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, into a series of bizarre adventures blends fantasy, comedy, and drama in a way that has gripped the world's imagination for centuries. This edition has been abridged and adapted for children, and enhanced by the delightful illustrations of Walter Crane.
Cervantes' tale of the deranged gentleman who turns knight-errant, tilts at windmills and battles with sheep in the service of the lady of his dreams, Dulcinea del Toboso, has fascinated generations of readers, and inspired other creative artists such as Flaubert, Picasso and Richard Strauss. The tall, thin knight and his short, fat squire, Sancho Panza, have found their way into films, cartoons and even computer games.
Cervantes se adjudica, con mucha razon, el credito de haber sido quien escribio las primeras novelas en lengua espanola en su serie de doce Novelas Ejemplares, llamadas asi, segun el mismo Cervantes en el prologo a ellas, por no hay ninguna de la que no se pueda sacar un ejemplo provechoso. De ellas se presentan en este audiolibro tres de las mas conocidas, una de ellas de una increible ironia, la historia de Rinconete y Cortadillo, una descripcion del hampa sevillana de su epoca. En la narracion sobre el Licenciado Vidriera nos encontramos con otro loco como Don Quijote, pero este no por obra de los libros de caballería sino por el amor rechazado, y que en su locura dice verdades amargas al mundo. Finalmente la historia del celoso extremeno cuenta la historia de un viejo hidalgo que por cuidar excesivamente a su joven mujer, lo que logra es perderlo todo. The first novels of the Spanish literature: Cervantes awards, with fair reason, the credit of being the one who wrote the first novels in Spanish language in his series of twelve Exemplary Novels, call like that according to the same Cervantes in its prologue for "there is none that you could not extract a profitable example from . Out of them, three of most known appear in this Audiobook, one of them of incredible irony, the story of Rinconete and Cortadillo, a description of the Sevillana underworld of his epoch. In the story on the Licenciado vidriera we meet another madman as Don Quijote, but this one is not for the books of cavalry but for denied love, and in his madness expresses bitter truths to the world. Finally, the story of the Celoso extremeño tells the story of a courteous old man that for excessively taking care of his young wife, he manages to lose everything. The Cervantes genius is already demonstrated in these masterpieces. Note: This is an audiobook in Spanish.
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