Book review: Lunatics, Lovers And Poets: Twelve Stories After Cervantes And Shakespeare

SOME of the brightest lights of contemporary fiction celebrate the timelessness of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes in a collection of short stories to mark the 400th anniversary of both men’s deaths.

Edited by Daniel Hahn and Margarita Valencia €12.75; ebook €6.40)

Salman Rushdie introduces a dozen fascinating original takes by writers including Nigeria’s Ben Okri, Colombia’s Juan Gabriel Vasquez and Britain’s Deborah Levy, in a book organised by &Other Stories and the Hay Festival.

Writers have been taking inspiration from Shakespeare and Don Quixote author Cervantes for centuries, but these stories still manage to be fresh.

Much of this comes from the diversity of writer backgrounds on show, and their style and traditions add a wealth of interpretation and perspective.


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