Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1841 engraving)

UTSA, community pay homage to 'Don Quixote' author

(April 26, 2005)--The UTSA and San Antonio communities are invited to a full day of multi-lingual reading of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's masterpiece, "Don Quixote," from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 29 in Frio Street Building Room 2.534 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

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On the anniversary of his death, the event pays homage to one of the greatest writers of his time. The reading is sponsored by the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with support from the Spanish Consulate in Houston.

The event commemorates the death of Cervantes Saavedra (April 23, 1616) with the reading of his 400-year-old novel.

A piano concert of Spanish music by Felipe Ramirez and a dramatized reading of a brief play written by Cervantes Saavedra will follow the book reading from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.326. Refreshments will be served before the concert.

The reading is free and open to all with everyone invited to read an excerpt from the novel in the language of their preference.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Sept. 29, 1547 - April 23, 1616) was a Spanish author best known for the novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha." He was wounded while fighting in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 and lost the use of his left hand, earning the nickname "el manco de Lapanto" (the one-handed man of Lepanto).

He and his brother, Rodrigo, were captured by Barbary pirates in 1575 and turned into slaves until his ransom was paid in 1580. Cervantes began writing "Don Quixote" in 1597 while in prison in Seville for debt.

For more information, or to volunteer as a reader, call (210) 458-4373.

--Leigh Anne Gullett

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