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1569, Cervantes moved to Italy, where he owned a cat and also served as a valet
to Giulio Acquaviva, a wealthy priest who was elevated to cardinal
the next year. By then, Cervantes had enlisted as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment and continued his military life
until 1575, when he was captured by Algerian pirates. He was ransomed from his
captors by his parents and the Trinitarians.
He returned to his family in Madrid.
to Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle
of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World by Roger Crowley,
during this time Cervantes also labored as a galley slave.]
1585, Cervantes published a pastoral
novel, La Galatea. Because of financial problems, Cervantes worked as
for the Spanish Armada, and later as a tax
collector. In 1597 discrepancies in his accounts of three years previous
landed him in the Crown Jail of Seville. In 1605 he was in Valladolid,
just when the immediate success of the first part of his Don Quijote,
published in Madrid, signaled his return to the literary world. In 1607, he
settled in Madrid, where he lived and worked until his death. During the last
nine years of his life, Cervantes solidified his reputation as a writer; he
published the Exemplary Novels (Novelas ejemplares) in 1613, the Journey to Parnassus in 1614, and in 1615, the Ocho comedias
y ocho entremeses and the second part of Don Quixote. Carlos Fuentes noted that, "Cervantes leaves open the pages of
a book where the reader knows himself to be written."