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.
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©1932 Charles Scribner's Sons. Copyright Renewed ©1960 Ernest Hemingway. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.