The hero of Cervantes’ classic 17th century novel has been sorely misrepresented since the early 20th century as a symbol of nationalist and Islamophobic ideas.
Looking closer at the Spanish writer’s life work shows that social and cultural prejudices have kept us from seeing the full picture
Tilting at 21st-century Spain?
Over 500 years ago, first Jews and then Muslims were expelled from Spain. This summer, Spain’s Parliament invited the former back but not the latter. Here’s what Cervantes might say to his countrymen.
The remains of Cervantes.
Madrid region handout/EPA
So what does the discovery of this great author’s bones actually change?
Dead men pen no tales.
After years spent securing funds and permissions, a team of forensic scientists and historians have launched an intensive search for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. Using the…