3.45 pm, Paris, France - CERVANTES AT THE GRAND PALAIS

Today is a symbolic date for world literature. On this day in 1616 two of the world’s greatest men of literature died: William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Cervantes’ El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha is considered one of the most influential works of literature. In fact, it is regarded as the first European novel, and its author is widely esteemed as the world's pre-eminent novelist. Cervantes and his literary figure Don Quixote have become immortal.

Inside the Grand Palais running concurrently with the International Rare Book & Autograph Fair, the French booksellers are celebrating Cervantes with an impressive exhibition. A selection of some of the rarest and most original documents from the personal collection of René Cluzel, a former member of SLAM, will honour the great Spanish author. 

And please don't forget: If you are at the Grand Palais and enjoying free entry to the Paris International Rare Book & Autograph Fair, please make a donation to support UNESCO's literacy projects in South Sudan. Every euro makes a difference!

April 2016 – For immediate release. Pictures: ILAB, UNESCO, the organizers

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