Much as Adam Gopnik unveiled Paris, Edward Lewine reveals Spain as few outsiders have seen it. There's nothing more Spanish than bullfighting, and nothing less like its stereotype. For matadors and aficionados alike, it is an art, not a blood sport. For a brilliant observer like Lewine, it also proves to be one of the world's most venerable subcultures, steeped in ancient ritual, archetypal machismo, and the feverish attentions of the tabloid press. Lewine illuminates this art and the country it defines by spending a year with one of Spain's most celebrated matadors, Francisco Rivera Ordoñez, following him through the country's every region and social stratum. His grandfather was the greatest bullfighter of his day, whose exploits were chronicled in Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon. His father was the greatest matador of his day, until a bull killed him when Fran (as he's known) was ten. Fran is blessed by his forebears' talent, and scarred by his father's death. As the season opens, he feels intense pressure to live up to his legacy amid tabloid scrutiny in the wake of his separation from his wife, a duchess. Nonetheless, Fran manages a dazzling season, with early triumphs followed by a potentially career-ending injury and an unlikely return to glory.
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Subtítulo: A MATADOR'S SEASON IN THE HEART OF SPAIN