Quixote: The Novel and the World
by Ilan Stavans
Stavans, a literary critic, connects the invention of the novel and 400 years of artistic expression to Don Quixote. Like Shakespeare, Cervantes broke new ground as a writer by introducing free will, individuality and subjectivity in Don Quixote. The modern novel wouldn’t be modern without quixotic characters tilting at windmills. Stavans describes and celebrates this accomplishment in Quixote: The Novel And The World.