Death and the Sun

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Black Swan, 2006 - Bullfighters - 364 pages
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An immoral spectacle or a metaphor of life? Bullfighting never fails to provoke a reaction. In this unusual travel memoir, Edward Lewine embarks on an eye-opening journey around Spain to track a typical season for the country's biggest bullfighter, Francisco Rivera Ordonez.
Fighting bulls while fleeing celebrity, Spain's most infamous matador lives both his public and his private life on the edge. The last in a distinguished bloodline, he is plagued by the legacies of his great-grandfather, the greatest matador of his day and revered by Hemingway, and by his late father, who was gored to death in the arena. With sixty-two fights and a hundred and twenty bulls to confront in the coming season, Francisco must also endure the aggressive attention of the paparazzi who pursue him for news of his colourful private life and breakdown of his marriage to a Spanish duchess.
LEWINE witnesses at first hand the thrilling routine of a top bullfighter - the rituals, the risks, the stage fright - and assesses the significance of bulffighting in the context of Spanish identity. This national obsession encapsulates the uniqueness of Spanish culture.

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Death and the sun: a bullfighter's season in the heart of Spain

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Bullfighting, according to journalist Lewine, a frequent contributor to the New York Times , is a noble art and enduring symbol of Spain, unjustly condemned as a cruel sport by those unfamiliar with ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Edward Lewine is a freelance journalist for the New York Times. It was during a holiday to the continent that he began his love affair with Spain. He lives in NY with his young family.

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