Hemingway Death in The Afternoon (Hardcover)
Death in the Afternoon is a non-fiction book written by Ernest Hemingway about the ceremony and traditions of Spanish bullfighting, published in 1932. The book provides a look at the history and the Spanish traditions of bullfighting. It also contains a deeper contemplation on the nature of fear and courage. While essentially a guide book, there are three main sections: Hemingway's work, pictures, and a glossary of terms.
Hemingway became a bullfighting aficionado after seeing the Pamplona fiesta in the 1920s, which he wrote about in The Sun Also Rises.In Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway explores the metaphysics of bullfighting-the ritualized, almost religious practice-that he considered analogous to the writer's search for meaning and the essence of life. In bullfighting, he found the elemental nature of life and death.Marianne Wiggins has written of Death in the Afternoon: "Read it for the writing, for the way it's told... He'll make you like it bullfighting]... You read enough and long enough, he'll make you love it, he's relentless".