ATG Quirkies: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Cervantes Death With a Quirky, but Tasty Statue


Miguel de Cervantes

The Telegraph reports that the Spanish city of Toledo unveiled a “giant marzipan statue of Miguel de Cervantes” to honor the great novelist on the 400th anniversary of his death.  (One website claims that the statue is 3 and half metres (over 11 feet) high.)

On a more serious note “Spain will also celebrate its most treasured author … at the annual Miguel de Cervantes award, conferred by the Prime Minister, which honors the lifetime achievement of a writer.”

Other plans call for a popular TV cooking show to feature dishes from Cervantes’ Don Quixote and “primary school students in the city of Alcala de Henares, near Madrid, will have a go at writing a third part to Don Quixote.”

No word yet on who gets to eat the marzipan after the celebration is over. 

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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