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Dr. Judith Wermuth-Atkinson is a multi-lingual author and literature scholar. She has received her PhD from Columbia University where she has also been teaching courses on world literature, philosophy, and aesthetics. Previously, she has studied and taught in different countries in Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East. She writes poetry, essays, and creative non-fiction. In addition to her academic book "The Red Jester. Andrei Bely’s Petersburg as a Novel of the European Modern" (2012) she has also published a memoir, "Näher an die Ferne" [Closer to the Faraway] (1999), as well as essays on spiritual topics, a book of tales about old people entitled “The Holy Dusters” (2015), and a number of translations of philosophical and lite ...more

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Since I have taught world literature for many years, and since I loved every single literary work I taught, there might be a number of fictional books I would travel to, and I might want to do many different things in each one of them. However, the very first novel I thought of when I read your question was Cervantes’ Don Quixote. This work of a real genius, consists of so many pages, and it is so complex, that today it may be read mostly by specialists or in literature classes. Over the years, its popular meaning has been reduced to a simplistic caricature—something that is very far from its profound philosophy and its exceptional literary qualities.
What I would do, if I could travel to this novel, would be work, together with Quixote, on encouraging readers, friends, literary characters, and anyone else, in understanding that reality is the crossing point between the subjective and the objective, and that the way we see the world is what matters most. Why? Because to achieve any change we first need to have a vision.
The American philosopher Dr. Wayne Dyer said: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” It is what Don Quixote wanted to do—change the world into the dreams he had. Don’t we all want to do precisely that? Doesn’t our world deserve to be seen in a better way and changed accordingly?

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