Ernest Hemingway
Simon & Schuster, New York, 1996, English; originally published 1932.
ISBN: 9780684801452

From the Publisher. 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.

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Hartmut Esslinger

I would also include Hemingway’s short stories, such as “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber.”

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