Death and the Sun: A Matador's Season in the Heart of Spain
A brilliant observer in the tradition of Adam Gopnik and Paul Theroux, Edward Lewine reveals a Spain few outsiders have seen. There's nothing more Spanish than bullfighting, and nothing less like its stereotype. For matadors and aficionados, it is not a blood sport but an art, an ancient subculture steeped in ritual, machismo, and the feverish attentions of fans and the press.
Lewine explains Spain and the art of the bulls by spending a bullfighting season traveling Spanish highways with the celebrated matador Francisco Rivera Ordónez, following Fran, as he's known, through every region and social stratum. Fran's great-grandfather was a famous bullfighter and the inspiration for Hemingway's matador in The Sun Also Rises. Fran's father was also a star matador, until a bull took his life shortly before Fran's eleventh birthday.
Fran is blessed and haunted by his family history. Formerly a top performer himself, Fran's reputation has slipped, and as the season opens he feels intense pressure to live up to his legacy amid tabloid scrutiny in the wake of his separation from his wife, a duchess. But Fran perseveres through an eventful season of early triumph, serious injury, and an unlikely return to glory.
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DEATH AND THE SUN: A Matador's Season in the Heart of SpainUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Journalist Lewine debuts in time-honored Hemingway fashion with a blow-by-blow look at the classical art of the bullfighter.Refreshingly, Lewine is not out to bash the literary lion who so famously ... Read full review
Death and the sun: a bullfighter's season in the heart of SpainUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
The Challenge Accepted
A MAN A BULL A SMALL TOWN
THE FORMER PHENOM
A TRAGEDY IN THREE ACTS
THE CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
THE SEASON BEGINS
THEY EATHORSES DONT THEY?
A LAPSE IN CONCENTRATION
RUNNING THE BULLS
A TRAVELING SEASON
THE SUPREME ACT
MELONS BITTER AND SWEET
AFTERNOONS OF RESPONSIBILITY
THE MELONS OPENED
SUN AND SHADOW
THE LITTLE VENOM
AN INHERITED FORTUNE
DEATH IN THE SUN