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  • Published: 15 October 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099285021
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $14.99

Death In The Afternoon




Hemingway's classic portrait of the pageantry of bullfighting

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...

  • Pub date: 15 October 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099285021
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. His father was a doctor and he was the second of six children. Their home was at Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

In 1917, Hemingway 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 where he renewed his earlier friendships with such fellow-American expatriates as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Their encouragement and criticism were to play a valuable part in the formation of his style.

Hemingway's first two published works were Three Stories and Ten Poems and In Our Time but it was the satirical novel, The Torrents of Spring, that established his name more widely. His international reputation was firmly secured by his next three books; Fiesta, Men Without Women and A Farewell to Arms.

He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing and his writing reflected this. He visited Spain during the Civil War and described his experiences in the bestseller, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

His direct and deceptively simple style of writing spawned generations of imitators but no equals. 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.

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Praise for Death In The Afternoon

“Hemingway's style, at its best, is a superb vehicle for revealing tenderness of feeling beneath descriptions of brutality”

Guardian

“The most readable and the most nearly exhaustive account of the Spanish Bullfight that we have”

V.S. Pritchett


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