A plaque at the Madrid convent in which Cervantes is buried commemorates his life (AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIEN)
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Four centuries after Miguel de Cervantes' death, Madrid has decided to finance a search for the Spanish Golden Age writer's remains. Cervantes, author of the emblematic "Don Quixote of la Mancha," was buried in April 1616 in the church of the red-brick Convent of Trinitarians in central Madrid. First published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615, Cervantes' "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha" is considered a satirical masterpiece, one of the key works of Western literature.Despite the difficulties involved, Madrid's authorities believe a search for the author's remains is now feasible.At least two other people were buried in the same area as Cervantes, said historian Fernando de Prado, who proposed the search for the author's remains to the Madrid city hall.
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