Ernest Hemingway's classic exploration of the history and pageantry of
bullfighting, and the deeper themes of cowardice, bravery, sport and
tragedy that it inspires. Still considered one of the best books ever
written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's
belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and
explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and 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. Seen
through his eyes, bullfighting becomes an art, a richly choreographed
ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great
grace and cunning. A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of
bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation on the
nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened
throughout by Hemingway's pungent commentary on life and literature.

Ernest Hemingway—Death In The Afternoon

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