Fighting Windmills Encounters with Don Quixote Manuel Durán, Fay R Rogg

Publication date:
01 Jun 2006
Yale University Press
288 pages: 235 x 156 x 14mm
10 b-w illus.
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Cervantes’ Don Quixote is the most widely read masterpiece in world literature, as appealing to readers today as four hundred years ago. In Fighting Windmills Manuel Durán and Fay R. Rogg offer a beautifully written excursion into Cervantes’ great novel and trace its impact on writers and thinkers across centuries and continents.
How did Cervantes write such a rich tale? Durán and Rogg explore the details of Cervantes’ life, the techniques with which he constructed the novel, and the central themes of the adventures of Don Quixote and his earthy squire Sancho Panza. The authors then provide an insightful, panoramic view of Cervantes’ powerful influence on generations of writers as diverse as Descartes, Voltaire, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Twain, and Borges.

Manuel Durán is professor of Spanish literature (emeritus), Yale University.  Fay R. Rogg is chairman and professor of Spanish, Modern Languages Department, Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York.

Fighting Windmills begins as an illumination of the Quixote in terms of the life and era of Cervantes. Durán and Rogg then trace the immense influence of Don Quixote upon major European literature from Voltaire to Dostoyevsky, and upon American writing from Melville to Thurber. This book instructs while it entertains, and the reverse as well.”—Harold Bloom