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Morte nel pomeriggio

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  5,024 ratings  ·  248 reviews
La vita del torero, l'istante in cui uomo e toro diventano una cosa sola di fronte alla morte che può colpire l'uno o l'altro dei contendenti. Il mondo della corrida e dei suoi protagonisti in un libro che in un crescendo lento e sottile fa rivivere tutte le emozioni dei momenti frenetici e delle tensioni concitate della tauromachia.
Paperback, 377 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (first published 1932)
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Petra X
I was thinking of bullfighting and of the bull cults that have existed since ancient times. It started with the Egyptian cult of Apis, of which the Golden Calf at the giving of the Ten Commandments was part. Then there was the Minotaur, Nandi the mount of Shiva, the various Celtic bull cults and others widespread through the world up to medieval times. In the present day, the baptismal font of the Mormons stands upon 12 bulls (derived from Solomon's bronze basin no doubt). Perhaps bullfighting, ...more
Lyn
Hemingway's classic treatise on Spanish bullfighting.

After reading, my son asked about the book and it's barbaric subject. He and I watched some bull fights on Youtube and he said, "WHAT??? They actually kill the bulls?"

In this age of PETA and Michael Vick it was strange to read. This 80 year old glimpse into Old World savagery was not Hemingway's greatest work, but it demonstrated his technical skill and mastery of the language.

It was a good book, the reading of it was very fine.

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Jan-Maat
Long ago and far away I'd idle around the second-hand book sales that were held in our Student Union. The booksellers were a distinctive collection of late middle-aged men to whom normative styles of housekeeping and hygiene were alien. I could imagine them travelling from one university to another all week, setting out lines of not always mouldy paperbacks on trestle tables, making a thin living selling and reselling course books as well as books not on any reading list imaginable. Occasionally ...more
Steve
The bullfight was every bit as controversial an institution when Ernest Hemingway's now much neglected Death in the Afternoon was first published in 1932 as it is today. The difference is that It may be closer to extinction today than it was then. At the very beginning of the book Hemingway writes:

I suppose, from a modern moral point of view, that is, a Christian point of view, the whole bullfight is indefensible; there is much cruelty, there is always danger, either sought or unlooked for, and
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Suzi
Everything you ever wanted to know (and not know) about bullfighting. If you've read Moby Dick, you'll have a idea about how an author can obsess about a particular human activity, in detail, and one goes along for the ride because in that obsessive examination is a clue to what the author feels is important in some aspect of humanity. Again, Hemingway is a sucker for the Spanish way of seeing life and death and courage. Hemingway, through bullfighting, somehow finds a florid display of people f ...more
Sheila
Fascinatingly morbid yet uniquely engrossing, except when it became redundantly boring. All I can figure is that Hemingway really wanted to be a bullfighter, though I am not sure "Bull Fighter" is the correct term for this activity, "Ritualistic and Methodical Bull Torturer and Slaughterer" seems more appropriate from what I read in this book.

The book does give a very in depth look at Spanish bullfighting in the 1920's and 1930's. The bull fighters of this time are all analyzed by Hemingway, as
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Mr.
An epic tome on the art and grandeur of Spanish bullfighting from one of America's greatest aficionados, Ernest Hemingway, who explicates the craft and spiritual intensity of this ancient European ritual through terse, journalistic, prose and rigorous scholarship. Not surprisingly, Hemingway is not terribly perturbed by the grotesque barbarity of the violence of bullfighting; Hemingway was an enthusiast of hunting and had little to no moral qualms about killing animals (and sometimes people). Ye ...more
Ursula
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked this up, but I thought if I were to read about bullfighting, Hemingway might be a good choice as a guide. I had no idea it would be so detailed.

I feel like I came away from it understanding the structure of a bullfight, the environment, the emotion. I was fascinated by his descriptions of proper killing, the work of the picadores and banderilleros (who I didn't even know existed before), and all the moves that a matador may perform, properly or i
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Ben
The great thing is to last and get your work done and see and hear and learn and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before; and not too damned much after. Let those who want to save the world if you can get to see it clear and as a whole. Then any part you make will represent the whole if it's made truly. The thing to do is work and learn and make it.


I bought this book because I cannot imagine any self-respecting literature enthusiast who does not own Hemingway'
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Chris
This book is better in what it intends to do rather than what it achieves.
One should think that of all writers, Hemingway would be the ideal person to delve into the beauty and majesty of bull-fighting, and he certainly was knowledgible. The issue for me comes for several angles.

First, the book is in desperate need of structuring, and the aid of a skillful editor to help guide Hemingway. Also, there is a lot of critiquing of specific fighters that are repetative and mean nothing to those nowada
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Michael
Death in the Afternoon is a non-fiction book by Ernest Hemingway that explores the ceremony and traditions of Spanish bullfighting. Looking at the history and the culture behind bullfighting, the book also explores the dangers and fears being faced. Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon explores the sport by one of its aficionados.

This is an interesting book, not something I would read normally but I did enjoy it. While I am morally oppose
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Declan Melia
I enjoyed this far more than I expected. Apart from The Old Man And The Sea I hadn't read any Hemingway so borrowed two of his better known titles at random to read on holiday. This was the first one I read and I had no prior expectations to it's contents. It's essentially non-fiction, an introduction and treatise on Spanish Bullfighting, which wasn't a subject I expected to find so interesting. You couldn't really hope for a better narrator to introduce you to what Hemingway refers to as 'the t ...more
Alika
totally awesome. i want to go to mexico or spain again as soon as possible.
Carles Fabrego-Vinyeta
Es tracta d'un assaig sobre la tauromàquia pensat originalment per explicar tot aquest món als americans. De fet el llibre no va ser traduït al castellà fins fa pocs anys tot i que és original del 1932. Hemingway es mostra irònic davant algunes situacions però sovint adopta un punt de vista objectiu, reflexionant tal com ho faria una persona sense prejudicis de cap mena que mostrés curiositat. La manera com descriu "la tragèdia" en si, desprèn una gran passió per les corridas que no pot ni vol a ...more
Oliver Twist & Shout
La prohibición de las corridas de toros en Catalunya no fue una noticia que me desagradara especialmente. Me parece un acto retrógado, aunque por otra parte siempre he intuido que en ese espectáculo medieval hay una ciencia, una cultura más o menos interesante y, si uno es tan ignoto como yo en la materia, después de leer este libro sin duda mejorará su percepción a ese respecto.

Ahora bien, es cierto que hay partes pintorescas dónde dan ganas de otorgarle mejor valoración, pero también lo es que
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Stephen Spencer
Whatever one's views on bullfighting—even the author himself admitted that it was more tragedy than sport—this book must be considered preeminent in its field. If I had to reduce my Hemingway collection to one, this is the book I'd keep. It's a reference work (complete with glossary) that reads like a novel, and there's even ninety-plus pages of black-and-white photographs at the end that tell a stark and unflinchingly realistic tale all their own.

Hemingway's reason for writing the book was as c
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John Beck
http://andalittlewine.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-1-of-52-death-in-afternoon.html

I didn't really have any expectations when Carol brought me Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon as an unabridged audiobook from the library. I love Hemingway: the terseness that, in Death... sometimes approaches self caricature; the depth of thought and conviction beneath the simplicity of the story; the richly textured world his characters inhabit.

I never realized that I love Hemingway's sense of humor. It may
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Geoff
I'm not sure how to rate this. Hemmingway doesn't apologize for the bloodshed or shy away from uncomfortable topics. He's well acquainted with the injury and death to both animals and humans, and it doesn't temper his enjoyment of the sport. His enthusiastic interest in the art and technical aspects of bullfighting is contagious.

The writing is up and down, mostly solid Hemmingway with occasional moments of desperately needing an editor. The strongest writing and the most interesting maybe in th
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Luis Zamarro Fraile
Before death in the afternoon I knew nothing about bullfighting and all the tradition and honor that lays behind such an ancient spanish tradition. Hemingway shows his point at defending this whole violent world of matadores, picadores, banderilleros and toros de lidia and I respect him for that. In my opinion, the book is enjoyable not for the topic but for the arguments of this great author. Thats why i only gave him four stars...
Einschrein
I read this mostly to understand the fascination with bullfighting, which today (at least for Americans in Pamplona) seems like a deadly spring break vacation (for the bulls anyway). For Hemingway, and perhaps for Spaniards since the practice began, bullfighting represented a controlled way to defy death, to be God-like in taking a life, and somehow trandscending immortality, even if temporarily. (Those of you out there that study group dynamics, it seems as simple as the biblical practice of sc ...more
Mike
This is the fourth of Hemingway's books and the one that shows the most passion and knowledge. It reads more like a documentary than a novel although the grammar is sometimes pretty bad. One sentence lasting four pages? His occasional off topic forays I do not understand their place. It might be my ignorance and if it is I apologise.
Chris
There are some great insults directed at some mediocre matadors in this book.
Aditya
It reminded me of HELLS ANGELS by HUNTER S THOMPSON. Hunter was a fan of hemingway. and interestingly i understood where his incisive insightful writing about subjects comes from when i read this book about bullfighting. Interestingly just like HELLS ANGELS this book is also about someting society condisers uncool. But you cant help but fall in love in a way with bullfighting and its deeper good aspects of honor, bravery etc. of course it isn't good for animals and hence has been banned. But thi ...more
Extraemailbasura
About 100 pages too long. He starts repeating himself too often, but in retrospect it was a very satisfying read. I went to a bullfight a long time ago in Sevilla without knowing anything about it, and it was not interesting or thrilling at all, and maybe a bit upsetting at times. The week after reading the book, I went to another bullfight (I live in Spain), and it was really interesting and exciting! I totally recommend doing it.

And for all of the animal cruelty critics: the bulls raised for
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Richard Block
Total Bull

The last of my Hemingway books is by no means the least. My interest in bullfighting is about the same as fishing, big game hunting and horse racing - yet I was utterly charmed and captivated by this tour de force of obsessional writing. I now understand bullfighting in ways I never could anticipate, and that is down to the great skill of the author.

Hemingway takes you through every aspect of bullfighting and then some. The scope of the book is remarkable - everything about bulls, bul
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Rick Johnson
Ok, where to begin? I should hate this book because it glories bullfighting to an almost religious level and it demonstrates just how barbaric it is as an 'art form'. However I found it morbidly fascinating up until about two thirds of the way through at which point it just became dreadfully boring.

The most curious part of the whole affair is the odd ball dialogue with the old women that seems to appear out of nowhere. It left me somewhat bemused and it just seems so out of place although I hav
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Andrew Zapf
If you possess any interest in bullfighting, whether in support of or opposed, Hemingway's book, published in 1932, provides the reader with the most complete explanation of the mentality, honor and art that the sport attempts to pursue. Most of the matadors and other personalities have long since passed into history, but the descriptions of their characters, skills, and habits as it relates to bullfighting are nonetheless instructional today. As someone who is known for his short, declarative s ...more
91116588
In the story Death in the afternoon is about Hemingway turned into a bullfighting fan in the wake of seeing the Pamplona holiday in the 1920s, which he expounded on in The Sun Also Rises.In Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway investigates the mysticism of bullfighting—the ritualized, very nearly religious practice—that he considered comparable to the essayist's quest for importance and the pith of life. In bullfighting, he discovered the basic nature of life and death. In his works on Spain, he wa ...more
Jerry Smith
I haven't read enough of Hemingway and, intending to rectify that omission in my life, decided to read one of his celebrated works of nonfiction. I am not a fan of bullfighting. I accept and can even embrace the cultural aspects, the spectacle, the traditions and the skill involved, but being anti-blood sports in general, this uniquely Iberian manifestation of said sports is perhaps not fertile ground for a book as far as I am concerned.

However the writing is so refreshing, stark, opinionated, f
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Brian Willis
Hemingway dissects, analyzes, and expostulates the beauties of bullfighting as an art form. In doing so, he also conveys some of his own beliefs about what constitutes great art. This book is perhaps most famous for Hemingway's explanation of his own writing, that he constructs only the tip of the iceberg and the reader themselves provide all of the reality of the iceberg that is underneath the water based on their own experiences. While it does get quite idiosyncratic and some could claim prete ...more
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec ...more
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