Death in the Afternoon

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Discursive work by Hemingway, published in 1932. In it he describes the rearing and fighting of bulls in Spain, and depicts the bullfight as a kind of microcosmic tragedy, in which the death of the bull is inevitable but must be achieved by the observance of ritual, which gives the animal a maximum chance to destroy the matador. The discussion includes lengthy digressions, in the form of conversations between the author and an old lady, presenting his philosophy through consideration of various aspects of life and death.

Subjects: Literature.

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Ernest Hemingway (1899—1961) American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist