No confirmed portrait of the author is known to exist. For reasons that are unclear, Rodrigo did not benefit from his will and the family disappears until 1564 when he filed a lawsuit in Seville. For other uses, see, 1566 to 1580; Military service and captivity, The most reliable and accurate portrait of the writer is the description provided by Cervantes himself in the prologue of the, per Según Nicolás Marín; "No hay ocasión en que Cervantes no se elogie, bien que excusándose por salir de los límites de su natural modestia; tantas veces ocurre esto que no es posible verla nunca ni creer en ella", "E-book of The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes", "Harold Bloom on Don Quixote, the first modern novel", "Guide to the classics: Don Quixote, the world's first modern novel – and one of the best", "Don Quixote is the world's best book say the world's top authors", Luce López-Baralt: «Ante el ‘Quijote’ y San Juan de la Cruz siento el vértigo de asomarme a un abismo sin fin» (Spanish), "Desmontando al tatarabuelo judío de Cervantes en Córdoba", "Miguel de Cervantes Biography – life, family, children, name, story, death, history, wife, son, book", "Madrid begins search for bones of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes | Books", "Casket find could lead to remains of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes | Books", "Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes' tomb in Madrid", "Spain formally buries Cervantes, 400 years later", "Cervantina de Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico y Ron Lalá", "Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses / El rufian dichoso", "Entremes: Del Retablo de las Maravillas", Cervantes: A Collection of Critical Essays, Cinco personajes fugaces en el camino de Don Quijote, Scenes from World Literature and Portraits of Greatest Authors, Cervantes's Don Quixote (Modern Critical Interpretations), Miguel de Cervantes (Modern Critical Views). Jonn Cervantes- Locutor y Animador., Alajuela. [20] The El Greco painting in the Museo del Prado, known as Retrato de un caballero desconocido, or Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman, is cited as 'possibly' depicting Cervantes, but there is no evidence for this. Alex Cervantes, Producer: Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas [39] Despite Lepanto, the war overall was an Ottoman victory, and the loss of Tunis a military disaster for Spain. [56], In January 2015, Francisco Etxeberria, the forensic anthropologist leading the search, reported the discovery of caskets containing bone fragments, and part of a board, with the letters 'M.C.'. In 1570, he enlisted in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment, and was badly wounded at the Battle of Lepanto in October 1571. [42] Turkish historian Rasih Nuri İleri found evidence suggesting Cervantes worked on the construction of the Kılıç Ali Pasha Complex, which means he spent at least part of his captivity in Istanbul. Locutor de la Más importante cadena de radio [25], Seville was then in the midst of an economic boom, and Rodrigo managed rented accommodation for his elder brother Andres, who was a junior magistrate. [66], Sigmund Freud claimed he learnt Spanish to read Cervantes in the original; he particularly admired The Dialogue of the Dogs (El coloquio de los perros), from Exemplary Tales. When Rodrigo was imprisoned for debt from October 1553 to April 1554, she supported the family on her own. [31] In September 1571, Cervantes sailed on board the Marquesa, part of the Holy League fleet under Don John of Austria, illegitimate half brother of Phillip II of Spain; on 7 October, they defeated the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Spanish: [miˈɣel de θeɾˈβantes saaˈβeðɾa]; 29 September 1547 (assumed) – 22 April 1616 NS)[6] was a Spanish writer widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language, and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists. Cervantes returned to Palermo, where he was paid off by the Duke of Sessa, who gave him letters of commendation. [citation needed]. The tricentennial of Don Quixote's publication in 1905 was marked with celebrations in Spain;[68] the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016, saw the production of Cervantina, a celebration of his plays by the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico in Madrid. [69] The Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library, the largest digital archive of Spanish-language historical and literary works in the world, is named after the author.