Don Quichote, Dissident

Nunmehr vier Jahrhunderte sind seit der Geburt eines literarischen Meisterwerks vergangen, dessen Autor und Held beide jünger erscheinen als wir selbst. Die einfachste Erklärung hierfür ist in Flauberts Beschreibung des Don Quichote zu finden: „Ich entdeckte meine Ursprünge in diesem Buch, derer ich mir in meinem Herzen bewusst war, noch bevor ich lesen lernte.“ Und in der Tat, den Kern des Don Quichote bildet etwas Grundlegendes, das wir wussten, bevor wir das Buch lasen, das jedoch erst, nachdem wir seine hypnotisierende Reise abgeschlossen haben, ein Teil unseres Wesens wurde. Dies ist das unverkennbare Merkmal eines großen Schriftstellers.

Seinem eigenen Dämon hinterher jagend – ein deutliches Zeichen inneren Unglücks –, suchte Hidalgo nach einem Ort, an welchem Träume, Realität, Heiligkeit, Liebe und Gerechtigkeit nebeneinander bestehen. In ihrer burlesken Annäherung an das, was Menschlichkeit ausmacht, bilden Don Quichote und Sancho Pansa das unvergesslichste und liebenswerteste Paar von Clowns der Weltliteratur.

Es kann deshalb nicht überraschen, dass Don Quichote und Sancho Pansa im Verlaufe der vergangenen 400 Jahre viele artverwandte Charaktere und Nachahmer hervorgebracht haben, einschließlich der zahllosen possenreißerischen Herr-und-Diener-Paare. Selbst die Geschichte des Zirkus konzentriert sich auf eine derartige Paarung: den eitlen, wichtigtuerischen weißen Clown und den dummen August, den demütigen Verlierer, der von seinem steifen, pompösen Partner in den Hintern getreten wird.

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