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Culture Club podcast: Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote

by Estelle Tang , November 14, 20113 Comments

No, you haven’t accidentally stumbled into the eighties: the Kill Your Darlings Culture Club podcast is where we get together with some of our favourite people to discuss cultural items, be they books, plays or films.

This time around, we are attacking Miguel de Cervantes’ masterwork Don Quixote – that behemoth of literature, often called the greatest of all novels. It’s the work we can thank for giving us the word ‘quixotic’, and which features one of literature’s greatest characters of all time: Don Quixote himself, a man both wise and mad.

Tilting at windmills with me are two very special guests: Caro Cooper, editor at Text Publishing, and Ronnie Scott, editor of The Lifted Brow.

Sit down with a glass of red or a cup of tea and join us in our discussion. We recommend having read Don Quixote before listening to the podcast – but don’t worry, we don’t spoil the dénouement, so you can also listen along if you haven’t read the book.

Thanks to our friends at Vintage for copies of Don Quixote. Edited by Sam Szoke-Burke.

Kill Your Darlings podcasts appear monthly. Music is Pompey and Sam Szoke-Burke. Subscribe to the Kill Your Darlings podcast via iTunes or the podcast feed.

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  • Estelle

    I wanted to mention that since we weren’t able to compare multiple translations of Don Quixote, any listeners interested in such a comparison should head on over to Elizabeth Bryer’s Plume of Words blog (see pingback above), where Elizabeth compares the John Rutherford and Edith Grossman translations of Cervantes’ novel. I have to say I really enjoyed the Grossman translation, and found it light-hearted and easy to read, but the Rutherford comes off as more colourful (though perhaps less literal) in Elizabeth’s comparison.

    Enjoy!

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