Reading Cervantes with Edith Grossman
The translator of “Don Quixote” reads some of the lesser-known “Exemplary Novels” by Miguel de Cervantes.
Famous for Don Quixote, Cervantes also wrote short fiction as well as works for the theater. His novellas –called Novelas Ejemplares, or Exemplary Novels– are fast-paced and witty, and well may be, as Cervantes claimed, the first novellas written originally in Spanish and not translated from Italian. He wrote twelve; in the first session of a four-part series, Grossman will read roughly half that number.
About Edith Grossman
Edith Grossman is best known for her translation of Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, and her universally acclaimed translation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote. She received the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation for her lifetime achievement in the field, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Translation Prize and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.