Arguably Hemingway's most visceral work. The way he brings you into his world is astounding, all the smells and sounds of Spain in the 1920's. His exploration of fear and courage through the medium of bullfighting is unparalleled.
Hemingway's passion for Spain and for the bullfight is renowned.
In Death in the Afternoon he shares the sights, the sounds, the excitement and, above all, the knowledge which fuelled his passion for the 'the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick. '
First published in 1932, it remains a classic for its historical account of the Corrida, for the stories of the great matadors, their banderilleros and picadors - the men who live every day with death -and for stories of the bulls whose bravery is the primal root of the bullfight. Death in the Afternoon also contains some of the finest short stories Hemingway ever wrote, inspired by the intense life as well as the inevitable death of those hot, violent afternoons.
About the Author
Ernest Hemingway was born in Chicago in 1899, the second of six children. In 1917, he joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris, associating with other expatriates like Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.
Hemingway's passion for Spain, which I share as I now live there, is famous. He also had a passion for bullfighting, a very emotive subject. His knowledge on the subject is encapsulated by this book as it delves with clarity and passion into the classic beauty that is the bullfight. The tussle between man and beast, the amazing skills and the individuals described in this book take away any prejudices you may have about the sport. This also contains some of the finest short stories you will ever read. Review by Keith Floyd, chef, and the author of a string of books including 'Floyd on Fish', 'The Best of Floyd' and 'Floyd Uncorked'. (Kirkus UK)
|Chapters 1 to 20, Inclusive|
|An Explanatory Glossary|
|Some Reactions of a Few Individuals to the Integral Spanish Bullfight|
|A Short Estimate of the American, Sidney Franklin, as a Matador|
|Dates on Which Bullfights Will Ordinarily Be Held in Spain, France, Mexico, and Central and South America|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Series: Vintage classics
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 15th October 2000
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.34