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.
“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