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Death in the Afternoon


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Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway

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Ive read a few other Hemingway books and confess from the start I am not a huge fan, with the notable exception of this one. It's non-fiction and considered one of his minor works, and I'm not entirely sure why – because the writing is exquisite. And I don't mean exquisite in a technical flowery way – I mean that it's one of the most evocative books I've ever read – transmitting so much more than the sum of it's parts – as only the very best authors can do. Death in the Afternoon tells you an awful lot about bullfighting and bullfighters (and it's fascinating stuff – you will agree after reading, I promise!), but it reveals just as much about Hemingway the man, and Spain the country. By the end you will feel at least a shadow of the love Hemingway has for the country, people and sport. Regardless of whether you have any interest in bullfighting (I certainly didn't before first reading it, although I do now), this is a wonderful book that gets even better with each repeat read.


In "Death in the Afternoon", Hemingway shares the sights, the sounds, the excitement, and above all, the knowledge which fuelled his passion for Spain and the bullfight. This remarkable book contains some of his finest writing, inspired by the intense life, as well as the inevitable death, of those hot, violent afternoons.

Author Biography

Ernest Hemingway was born in Chicago in 1899, the second of six children. In 1917, he joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris, associating with other expatriates like Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.
Release date NZ
October 5th, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Vintage Classics
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