With this idea I pressed him to read the beginning, and doing so, turning the Arabic offhand into Castilian, he told me it meant, "History of Don Quixote of La Mancha, written by Cide Hamete Benengeli
, an Arab historian." It required great caution to hide the joy I felt when the title of the book reached my ears, and snatching it from the silk mercer, I bought all the papers and pamphlets from the boy for half a real; and if he had had his wits about him and had known how eager I was for them, he might have safely calculated on making more than six reals by the bargain.
Indeed, it seems that time froze in Benengeli
(388), in that the old tension between the Falangists (Franco's supporters) and the loyalists (Franco's opponents) does not ease even after decades, and we have briefly flashed minor characters, including an ex-mayor, who are just excommunicated in retaliation for their anti-Fascist non-conformism (392, 393).
Also, does Don Quijote believe in the authority of chivalric novels, or does his madness impel him to think he lives in book of chivalry written by Cide Hamete Benengeli
? Further, if Don Quijote believes he inhabits the fictional world of knight-errantry and Marcela the bucolic world of Arcadia, are they truly opposites?
This is visible in the references to Don Quixote in the text, a novel which is also framed in a similar way, as it is the Muslim historian Cide Hamete Benengeli
who finds the original manuscript of Cervantes' novel in a metafiction pirouette.
Section four, "The Voices of the Narration," on the familiar subject of the several narrators present in the novel and often in disagreement among themselves, is divided into "Unity within Multiplicity" (4.1), which points to the parallel of disparate voices in a madrigal whose artistic effect remains coherent with the role of "Cide Hamete Benengeli
Don Quixote's story is told by a narrator who claims to be "recounting" the Castilian translation of an Arabic novel written by Cide Hamete Benengeli
. With a huge cast of Spanish Christians, Moors, and Jews, it's as multicultural as any work of fiction could prove to be.