|By Damiao Martins|
El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (in English, The ingenious gentleman Don Quixote of la Mancha). Painting by Brazilian artist Damiao Martins.
El Quijote is a two-volume novel that narrates the adventures of Alonso Quijano, Don Quijote, a gentleman that lives in a fantasy world of chivalry. Sancho Panza, his squire, is his true companion along 126 chapters. Thought to be a parody of novels of chivalry, El Quijote has become one of the most important works of the Spanish and universal literature. Its author, Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (1547-1616), is considered the father of the first modern novel.
El Quijote is not suitable for beginners in Spanish language, given the outdated vocabulary and its complexity. Anyway, we provide some links to abridged editions so that you can enjoy this work:
Don quijote / Don quixote (bilingual abridged version)
First lines of “El Quijote” (find audio below)
“En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme, no ha mucho tiempo que vivía un hidalgo de los de lanza en astillero, adarga antigua, rocín flaco y galgo corredor.”
"Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place which name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who had a disused lance and an ancient leather shield, a skinny nag and a greyhound for the chase."
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