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William Egginton: The Man Who Invented Fiction

Event Type: Fiction Reading
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Miguel de Cervantes is the single most read author in human history. In the early seventeenth century, Cervantes - a crippled, graying, almost toothless veteran of Spain’s wars against the Ottoman Empire - penned the famous Don Quixote, which has sold more copies than any other book besides the Bible. With this story of a poor nobleman who deludes himself that he is a knight errant and sets off on hilarious adventures, Cervantes did more than just publish a bestseller. He invented a way of writing. William Egginton’s The Man Who Invented Fiction shows how Cervantes came to create what we now call fiction.Egginton details the many influences that converge in Cervantes’ writings and shows how his work - especially Don Quixote - radically changed the nature of literature and created a new way of viewing the world. Finally, it explains how that outlook went on to infiltrate art, politics and science, and how the world today would be unthinkable without it.

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