I’m listening to Miguel de Cervantes’s book, translated by Tobias Smollett, which is recorded on 29 CD’s. Whew. I’m in trouble if any other cardholder in the Dallas Public Library system requests it, because that will mean no more renewals for me. I’m on #8, and so far it is a romp! This is a fundamental text around the museum specializing in Spanish art at which I’m volunteering. For all of the fun, it is also helping me with the culture and geography.
I really like this from the label:
“Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616), Spanish novelist, playwright, and poet, studied in Madrid then became a soldier and was wounded in battle. He was captured by pirates in 1575, put in prison at Algiers, and was ransomed five years later. He spent the rest of his life struggling to earn a living from literature and humble government employment. His first attempt at fiction was a pastoral novel, La Galatea (1585), which was followed by his masterpiece, The Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605).”
1605 was during the reign of the Habsburg King, Philip III. Artists made their livings by working for the church or for the monarchy and artistocracy. Spanish history is crazy-complicated.
Wish me luck!