15 January 2005 XXVIII

Khamsin Molossia News

The Molossian Postal Service is proud to unveil our newest stamp, that of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Don Quixote is the legendary title character of the book written by Miguel De Cervantes in 1605. The story covers the journeys and adventures of Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza. Don Quixote is obsessed with stories of knights errant. His friends and family think he is crazy when he decides to become a knight errant himself and sortie out to wander Spain on his thin horse Rosinante, righting wrongs and protecting the oppressed. Don Quixote is visibly crazy to most people. He believes ordinary inns to be enchanted castles, and their peasant girls to be beautiful princesses. He mistakes windmills for oppressive giants sent by evil enchanters. He imagines a neighboring peasant girl to be Dulcinea del Toboso, the beautiful maiden to whom he has pledged love and fidelity. Master and squire have numerous adventures, often causing more harm than good in spite of their noble intentions. Don Quixote is often nominated as the best work of fiction ever, and is an icon in Molossia, a symbol of imagination and eccentricity that personifies our small nation.

16 January 2005 XVIII marks the 400th anniversary of the publishing of this classic book.

This new stamp joins other new recent additions, including seven new stamps of various silent film stars. The complete collection can be seen at the Molossian Postal Service page, here.

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