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The Man Who Invented Fiction
Author: William Egginton

ISBN: 9781408843840
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 24 August 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8 x 2.8
Description:
400 years after the publication of Don Quixote (1605-15), William Egginton reveals how Cervantes came to invent what we now call fiction, and how fiction changed the world

'In 1605 a crippled, greying, almost toothless veteran of Spain's wars against the Ottoman Empire published a book. That book, Don Quixote, went on to sell more copies than any other book beside the Bible, making its author, Miguel de Cervantes, the most widely read author in human history. Cervantes did more than just publish a bestseller, though. He invented a way of writing.'

In Cervantes' time, 'fiction' was synonymous with a lie. Books were either history, and true, or 'poetry' which might be invented, but had to conform to strict principles. Don Quixote tells the story of a poor nobleman, addled from reading too many books on chivalry, who deludes himself that he is a knight errant and sets off to put the world to rights. The book was hugely entertaining, broke the existing rules, devised a new set and, in the process, created a new, modern hybrid form we kno...

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