Death And The Sun

Death And The Sun : A Matador's Season In The Heart Of Spain

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Is it 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, and the stage fright - and assesses the significance of bullfighting in the context of Spanish identity. This national obsession encapsulates the uniqueness of Spanish culture.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 24mm | 248g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552771341
  • 9780552771344
  • 843,420

About Edward Lewine

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.show more

Back cover copy

'A better book about los toros is unlikely to come along for a long time' Daily Telegraph A gruesome spectacle or an ancient metaphor for life? Few sports arouse as much emotion as bullfighting, steeped as it is in the blood of innocent animals. But it is also an elaborate ceremony of mankind's greatest fears and needs. Is such ritualized cruelty worthy of celebration? In this compelling travel memoir, the urbane Edward Lewine embarks on an eye-opening journey around Spain in the colourful company of the country's most controversial bullfighter, Francisco Rivera Ordóñez. 'Accessible and uncomplicated ... a book that caused, in this reviewer, at least, as many wry smiles as sharp intakes of breath' Sunday Telegraphshow more

Review Text

"'Accesssible and uncomplicated ... an account that caused, in this reviewer at least, as many wry smiles as sharp intakes of breath. Lewine's nerdiness leads to fine humorous moments'"show more

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55 ratings
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4 35% (19)
3 16% (9)
2 2% (1)
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