The Modern Scholar: The Novel that Invented Modernity

  • by Ilan Stavans
  • Narrated by IIan Stavans
  • 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Distinguished man of letters Ilan Stavans believes Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha “invented modern consciousness.” In these lectures, Stavans explores the work’s impact within Renaissance Spain and discusses Cervantes’ career as a soldier, tax collector, and failed playwright. Stavans also focuses on the baroque style and the way Spain has built its national identity around Don Quixote. With a wealth of insight, these enlightening lectures are invaluable both for those already passionate about Cervantes’ masterpiece and for those only about to discover its wonders.

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Just what I was looking for

I just read Don Quixote and was fascinated. I wanted a chance to think more carefully about the book and learn something about the author and the historical context in which it was written. The lectures do that perfectly. The lecturer is passionate, engaging and insightful. I highly recommend this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Audible should make more lectures like these available to accompany all of the classic literature they sell. I'd listen to them all.
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- Andrew

This really is very good!

I NEVER write reviews or rate things, but the marvellousness of these lectures impelled me to do so at once. Illuminating. If you've read it a dozen times, or if you've picked up Don Quixote and found its heft daunting but were still curious, then put these mesmerising explications, and Mr Stavans poetic impassioned mellifluousness in your ears, learn stuff, and go and read the big wonderful book, again, or for the first time. Hurry. Life is too short to not read Don Quixote.
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- benjamin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books