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Why should you read "Don Quixote"? - Ilan Stavans

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Mounting his skinny steed, Don Quixote charges an army of giants. It is his duty to vanquish these behemoths in the name of his beloved lady, Dulcinea. There’s only one problem: the giants are merely windmills. What is it about this tale of the clumsy yet valiant knight that makes it so beloved? Ilan Stavans investigates.

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  • Educator Ilan Stavans
  • Animator Avi Ofer
  • Narrator Ilan Stavans
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Sound Designer Marcos Tawil

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Additional Resources for you to Explore
Interested in exploring the world of Don Quixote? Check out this translation of the thrill-seeking classic.

To learn more about Don Quixote’s rich cultural history, click here. In this interview, the educator shares his inspiration behind his book Quixote: The Novel and the World.

The travails of Don Quixote’s protagonist were heavily shaped by real-world events in 17th-century Spain. This article provides detailed research on what, exactly, happened during that time.

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  • Educator Ilan Stavans
  • Animator Avi Ofer
  • Narrator Ilan Stavans
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Sound Designer Marcos Tawil

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