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Don Quixote (full title: The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha; Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha), a novel by Miguel de Cervantes, published in two volumes in 1605 and 1615. It follows the adventures of Alonso Quijano, who reads too many chivalric novels and sets out to revive chivalry under the name of Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who frequently deals wittily with Don Quixote's rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood. It is considered the most influential work of literature from Spain and one of the greatest works of fiction ever published.