Does this mean that Don Quixote de La Mancha is a book focused on the past, that Alonso Quijano's madness comes from a desperate nostalgia for a world that is gone, from a profound rejection of modernity and progress?
Thus, the dream that transforms Alonso Quijano into Don Quixote de La Mancha does not constitute a reenactment of the past, but rather something much more ambitious: the realization of a myth, the transformation of fiction into living history.
The central theme of Don Quixote de La Mancha is fiction, its raison d'etre, and the way it infiltrates life, forming and transforming it.
Don Quixote de La Mancha is a novel about fiction in which imaginary life is everywhere, in the vicissitudes, the words, even the very air that the characters breathe.
It is an image similar to that of the empires or kingdoms of chivalric romance, the genre supposedly ridiculed in Don Quixote de La Mancha.