Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Today September 29 is the Birthday Anniversay of the greatest writer of the Spanish language, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quijote de la Mancha”.
“Don Quijote” is the most readed book in the entire world,
after The Bible.
Reading “Don Quijote”, every chapter, every page, every line, every quote, is a true lesson of life.
Dostoyevsky called “Don Quijote de la Mancha” “the ultimate and most sublime work of human thinking”.
His other works, “Novelas Ejemplares”, ” Journey to Parnassus” and “La Galatea” are also a treasure of the Spanish literature.
Now that we are commemorating in this year the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes (along with Shakespeare) , in a few weeks, the famous “International Festival Cervantino”, here in Guanajuato, Mexico, will make many cultural events dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes and his works (also to Shakespeare) including Massenet’s Opera “Don Quixote” , a concert performing Strauss’ “Don Quixote” and the ballet “Don Quixote”, by Ludwig Minkus and also many life lectures in open places of “Guanajuato City” of the books of Cervantes, including, of course, the reading of “El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha”.
Cervantes gave us, one of the greatest books of history of literature and also, because in culture there are always many great links of literature to Opera, music and dance… thanks to the beautiful and wonderful novel of Don Quijote, we have also Massenet’s extraordinary Opera (one of my favorite Operas) and also the fabulous ballet by Minkus which is one of my personal favorites and always a joy and pleasure to watch.
And also, the link of the Cervantes continues with Richard Strauss and his wonderful tone poem.
Many consider “Don Quijote” as a “comedy” and yes, many wonderful parts of the book make us laugh very much but at the same time it is one of the most profound books ever written.
We have laughed and we cried with Don Quijote (aka Alonso Quixano) and Sancho and it is impossible to post many favorite quotes from the book because there are too many to mention! But here is one of my favorite quotes: “El que lee mucho y anda mucho, ve mucho y sabe mucho.”
Feliz Aniversario, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, who is, along with Shakespeare, Homer, Dante, Virgil, Goethe, Tosltoy, Dostoievsky, Balzac, Hugo, Joyce and Proust in the list of most influential writers of universal literature.

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