The first modern European novel "Don Quixote" ist often said to be one of the best literary works of all times. And if its sheer size didn't stop you from reading it, you can't help but agree. The wonderful travels of the noble knight and his adventures in company with his faithful companion Sancho Pasa have all the fantastic ingredients a story needs to become part of the collective consciousness. There are very few renouned artists who have not interpreted this timeless spectacle. Aside from Gustave Doré – who has probably illustrated all the classics in his time – even the great Picasso has given these two heroes the honour. And again Orson Welles has integraten Don Quijote into his huge body of (unfortunately) unfinished work. Miguel Cervantes, who published his story in two volumes in 1605 and 1615, drew his inspiration from the chivalry literature of the time, establishing a very different and satirical character which at the beginning of the 17th century can be considered quite avantgarde. At least for the reader it soon becomes very clear that the adventures of chivalry only take place in the imagination of Alonso Quijano who is nearing his 50th birthday. This of course adds a very bizarre note and leads to countless humouristic episodes. Don Quijote fighting the windmills may have become one of the most quoted images to describe a useless and to some extent crazy action which in the mind of the person in action is completely justified. Also Cervantes offers his reader mass amounts of suspense. To be honest: I never would have believed that I was going to finish this book when I first got hold of it and saw its size and the VERY thin paper it was printed on. While the honourable knight suffers quite a few setbacks, he is bound to reach his final destination in the end. Yet another person who has taken on his story is Berlin based comic artist "Flix". He has adapted the oevre in his very personal way thus becoming part of a long list of respectable artists. His Mr. Quijano lives in the now, his eccentricity can be diagnosed and Sancho Pansa is represented by his grandson Robin who doesn't just wanna be the sidekick and is even more obsessed with becoming a knight than Quijano himself. A modern version of a famous adventure recounted in a charming way. Carlsen has published the collection of original newspaper strips in July 2012 and we, too, have put together a small preview in our archives.
Source: Find a great collection of Gustave Doré's work at wikipaintings.org (http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/Tag/animals/11)