The lone work of fiction directly referenced in the trilogy is "Don Quixote." David teaches himself to read from an abridged copy, ultimately memorizing the entire book. Later, in the hospital, he regales an audience of children with stories of the knight errant. In an essay about Cervantes, Milan Kundera advanced the idea that we are separated from the world by a curtain of preconceptions and interpretations. "Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain," Kundera wrote. "The world opened before the knight errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose." Coetzee's Jesus novels achieve the opposite. They reveal nothing. … [Read more...] about Book World: ‘The Death of Jesus’ completes J.M. Coetzee’s nativity-inspired trilogy. But what does it all mean?