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The Bagnios of Algiers and The Great Sultana: Two Plays of Captivity Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The Bagnios of Algiers and The Great Sultana: Two Plays of Captivity

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Published May 25th 2012
ISBN : 9780812207903
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205 pages
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Best known today as the author of Don Quixote--one of the most beloved and widely read novels in the Western tradition--Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) was a poet and a playwright as well. After some early successes on the Madrid stage inMoreBest known today as the author of Don Quixote--one of the most beloved and widely read novels in the Western tradition--Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) was a poet and a playwright as well. After some early successes on the Madrid stage in the 1580s, his theatrical career was interrupted by other literary efforts. Yet, eager to prove himself as a playwright, shortly before his death he published a collection of his later plays before they were ever performed.With their depiction of captives in North Africa and at the Ottoman court, two of these, The Bagnios of Algiers and The Great Sultana, draw heavily on Cervantess own experiences as a captive, and echo important episodes in Don Quixote. They are set in a Mediterranean world where Spain and its Muslim neighbors clashed repeatedly while still remaining in close contact, with merchants, exiles, captives, soldiers, and renegades frequently crossing between the two sides. The plays provide revealing insights into Spains complex perception of the world of Mediterranean Islam.Despite their considerable literary and historical interest, these two plays have never before been translated into English. This edition presents them along with an introductory essay that places them in the context of Cervantess drama, the early modern stage, and the political and cultural relations between Christianity and Islam in the early modern period.