Needless to say, Borges's famous "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quijote" came to mind. What would a 21st century Menard look like, not merely copying Don Quijote but instead (re)creating it for the 21st century? What about this passage from the 9th chapter of Part One:
...truth, whose mother is history, rival of time, depository of deeds, witness of the past, exemplar and adviser to the present, and the future's counselor. (Andrew Hurley's translation used here as it would be more familiar to the reader than my rendering of the passage)Would such an expression, involving so many dependent clauses, be considered but an affectation that would seek to create an anachronistic literary past, one that surely has passed today? Would this 21st century Menard conclude that his Don Quijote would be a mostly indecipherable text whose audience would consist solely of those fellow anachronistic aficionados who would be most apt to rebel against the reigning "transparent prose" movement?
Something to consider. If I had any real combination of chutzpah and writing talent, I would attempt writing a story that would reflect this. But I do not, so I'm just leaving this thought trail for others to consider and to do with as they please.