Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraDon Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixotes fancy often leads him astray – he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants – Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers imaginations for nearly four hundred years.
With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote generally has been recognized as the first modern novel. The book has had enormous influence on a host of writers, from Fielding and Sterne to Flaubert, Dickens, Melville, and Faulkner, who reread it once a year, just as some people read the Bible.
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The book, originally published in Spanish in two parts , , concerns the eponymous would-be knight errant whose delusions of grandeur make him the butt of many practical jokes. As part one opens, an aging minor nobleman named Alonso Quixano, enamoured by chivalric romances , sets out from his home village of La Mancha on a quest for adventure. Christening himself Don Quixote, he recruits peasant Sancho Panza to be his squire, promising him an island to govern at the completion of their journey. The pair stumble into a series of comedic misadventures in which Quixote imagines the mundane world of the Spanish countryside as something more exciting and dangerous. In one memorable episode, he attacks a row of windmills, believing them to be gigantic knights. After numerous humiliations, he finally casts aside his illusions , returns home, and dies. Don Quixote is considered by literary historians to be one of the most important books of all time, and it is often cited as the first modern novel.
Miguel de Cervantes was born near Madrid in
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Published in two parts, in and , Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. A founding work of Western literature , it is often labeled "the first modern novel "  and is sometimes considered the best literary work ever written. The plot revolves around the adventures of a noble hidalgo from La Mancha named Alonso Quixano, who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his mind and decides to become a knight-errant caballero andante to revive chivalry and serve his nation, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza , as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthy wit in dealing with Don Quixote's rhetorical monologues on knighthood , already considered old-fashioned at the time. Don Quixote, in the first part of the book, does not see the world for what it is and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story.