Saturday, September 19, 2009
September 19: Humor That Survived Slavery (Vol. 14, pp. 48-54)
Cervantes was ransomed from slavery on this day in 1580. Held as a Moorish slave for five years, he was subjected to torture on an almost daily basis. To have survived that experience and still be able to write a novel like "Don Quixote" seems unimaginable.