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The Death and Life of Miguel de Cervantes

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The facts of Cervantes's life cry out for the epic treatment found in his comic masterpiece. Marlowe gives it to us. The backdrop is Renaissance Europe, a world alive with creative ferment, triple-crossing intrigue, and the passionate quest for novelty. Lofty tragedy and lyric poetry still reign as queens of the literary arts, but young writers heady with ambition seek liv ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 10th 1996 by Arcade Publishing (first published October 3rd 1991)
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Nov 30, 2008 Themaimedman rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest books I have ever read! This is the book my username finds its origin in. Fake biographies are the best ones.
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Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

This trendy-at-the-time novel takes the known facts about the life and background of the creator of Don Quixote, adds fantasy and knowing humour (of a style reminiscent of both Salman Rushdie and John Barth) and comes up with an enjoyable story.

Miguel de Cervantes certainly lived a full life. In the Spanish army at the battle of Lepanto, captured by Algerian pirates, reprieved from execution (which begins the novel, hence the title), imprison
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Oct 05, 2008 Mishka Zakharin rated it it was amazing
Stephen Marlowe has a definite flare when it comes to historical fiction. His magical realism often explodes into full-blown, delightfully fanciful fantasy... which, for the most part, is very nice--and comes across fine in this novel, though in his 'Lighthouse at the End of the World', it can get a bit muddled and confusing. If you like swashbuckling adventure stories--worthy of the exploits of Don Quixote himself--you'll love this book......
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He took a fabulous and fascinating history and junked it up with a whole lot of bullshit. Total waste.
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Awesome. Fantastic book. Read it.
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Aka Milton S. Lesser, Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, Jason Ridgway, C.H. Thames.

Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008) was the author of more than fifty novels, including nearly two dozen featuring globe-trotting private eye Chester Drum. Born Milton Lesser, Marlowe was raised in Brooklyn and attended the College of William and Mary. After several years writing science fiction under his given name, he legally ad
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