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The Life of Don Quixote and Sancho

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Category

Essay, Literature

Date

1905

Original title

Vida de Don Quijote y Sancho

A very personal essay on 'Don Quixote', the magnum opus by Miguel de Cervantes, by one of the most quixotic intellectuals in Spanish culture.

The philosopher and man of letters Miguel de Unamuno published this exemplary work on 'Don Quixote' to coincide with the third centenary of the publication of the first part of the famous novel (1605). This is an original statement in defence of the character of Don Quixote and of his mission as a chivalresque knight.

As was usual throughout his literary career, Unamuno used his writing as a pretext for –or means of exploring– the intellectual and philosophical issues that interested him. For this reason Don Quixote is here shown under the philosophical lens of prevailing existential schools of thought. In contrast, his author Cervantes is treated in a very secondary manner, and at times even with certain antagonism.

Unamuno not only narrates, but also exalts and even venerates the figure of the 'ingenious gentleman', whom he transforms into a type of 'pseudo-God' or 'pseudo-Christ' figure in which to invest his copious religious faith.

  

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