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Videos on Don Quixote (Cervantes)

In my list of 22 books for the year 2022, Don Quixote was number one. While reading the novel, I also read a little from Vladimir Nabokov’s Lectures on Don Quixote, and I made references to Nabokov on Parts II and III. I enjoyed these livestreams and I’d like to continue doing them, despite the interruptions and disfluencies. I am going to miss Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, after having spent about a month with them and their adventures, and I suspect I’ll return to this novel in the near future. Hope you enjoy the videos and if you have any feedback, or other thoughts on Don Quixote and/or Cervantes, feel free to share them with me.

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  1. The original “Don Quixote” is an English book. The Spanish translations appeared in 1605 and 1615, much earlier than the original English publications in 1612 and 1620. Between these two periods, in 1614, a “false” Don Quixote was published under the name Avellaneda. The original English text was never released.

    Francis Bacon was the brain behind the three books of Don Quixote; he wrote the part of the hero.
    Ben Jonson took on the role of Sancho Panza, John Donne wrote the poems, “the two friends” Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher were assigned the task of writing loose stories. These authors made use of the library owned by Robert Cotton.
    The printer, William Stansby, inserted concealed clues into the text, in order for the reader to be able to draw conclusions…

    The Spanish translations were carried out by Thomas Shelton (DQI + DQII) and James Mabbe (the “bogus” DQ).
    Miguel de Cervantes was just a poor Spanish writer who had sold his name to survive. He had told his life-story to the English, so that it could be processed into the DQ.
    So: Ten people, sworn to secrecy about their collaboration in the writing of Don Quixote. Now in this book, after four hundred years, clarity is given as to the “who”, “what” and “why” of all this secrecy.
    You can order my new book: the deciphering of Don Quixote & the unmasking of Avellandeda” march 2022.

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