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Cervantes in Algiers : a captive's tale

Author: María Antonia Garcés
Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
"Returning to Spain after fighting in the Battle of Lepanto and other Mediterranean campaigns against the Turks, the soldier Miguel de Cervantes was captured by Barbary pirates and taken captive to Algiers. The five years he spent in the Algerian bagnios or prison-houses (1575-1580) made an indelible impression on his works. From the first plays and narratives written after his release to his posthumous novel, the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: María Antonia Garcés
ISBN: 0826514065 9780826514066 0826514707 9780826514707
OCLC Number: 49404445
Credits: Frontispiece: Detail from La Ciudad de Argel [The City of Algiers] (c. 1700) N.A. Reprinted by permission of Servicio de Publicaciones de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional.
Text design: Dariel Mayer.
Description: xvi, 349 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Cervantes : trauma and captivity --
The Barbary corsairs --
Writing Algiers : masters, slaves, and renegades --
Staging captivity : El trato de Argel --
An erotics of creation : la historia del cautivo --
"Anudando este roto hilo" (tying up this broken thread).
Responsibility: María Antonia Garcés.
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This text offers a comprehensive view of Miguel de Cervantes' life as a slave and, particularly, of the lingering effects this traumatic experience had on his literary production.  Read more...


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"Maria Antonia Garces provides new and fascinating interpretations of Cervantes' texts... [Her] book is grounded on the link between trauma and creativity... The commingling of history, biography, Read more...

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