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LIVE from the NYPL: Rushdie, Auster, Atwood, Magris and Muñoz Molina Don Quixote at 400: A Tribute PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature


April 16, 2005

Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Assia Djebar, Claudio Magris, Norman Manea, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Laura Restrepo and introduced by Salman Rushdie.

An international and illustrious group of today's literary giants celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Cervantes masterpiece Don Quixote.

First published in 1605, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's novel about a man under the spell of fiction has been casting its own spell on readers everywhere for four centuries. The story of Don Quixote has become a kind of natural resource, not only for writers but also for filmmakers, musicians, and artists of all kinds. In this celebration of the first modern novel, internationally renowned writers talk about its continuing global impact, and film clips and musical interludes present some of its many metamorphoses. Ravel's Songs from Don Quixote to Dulcinea will be performed by Chris Pedro Trakas, who will be accompanied on the piano by John Musto. In addition, Javier Camara, who played the nurse in Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her, will read from the Quixote, in Spanish. Expect these and a host of other great moments at this once-in-a-lifetime tribute.

This event is presented in conjunction with the PEN American Center.