Don Quixote in the Balkans

Ismail Kadare on the relationship between Don Quixote and the Balkans and the larger meaning of the rather ‘unexplained character.’

Humanity has a special sensitivity for selecting the people whom it entrusts with the creation of its works and who will give shape to its legends. Although it may seem strange, the link between Cervantes and the old men of the Balkans has an inner logic. An inner logic touches this relation and confirms it. This has to do with the subject that I’ll treat further – the fact that the trip of Don Quixote is not a trip through space, but an inner trip through humanity. Don Quixote’s trip takes place at the time of important trips, including the most famous and spectacular trip in the history of mankind history: the discovery of America.

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