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THE DEATH OF MANOLETE
     

THE DEATH OF MANOLETE

by Barnaby Conrad
 
On Thursday, August 28, 1947, in the bull ring at the Spanish town of Linares, a thiry-year-old millionaire called Manolete (Manuel Laureano Rodriguez) and a Miura bull named Islero killed each other. Conrad recounts Manolete's extraoridinary life here for the first time in English. In combining pictures and text, the reader sees the breeding that made the Spanish boy

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On Thursday, August 28, 1947, in the bull ring at the Spanish town of Linares, a thiry-year-old millionaire called Manolete (Manuel Laureano Rodriguez) and a Miura bull named Islero killed each other. Conrad recounts Manolete's extraoridinary life here for the first time in English. In combining pictures and text, the reader sees the breeding that made the Spanish boy, the tempering that made the young torero, the sacrifice that made the man, the girl who brought him love, the acclaim that brought him incredible success and finally its price...the undoing that began slowly and ended in one last great afternoon and in a death that if not untimely put out the brightest flame in Spain. Manolete had fired the Latin imagination as no one had done since the Cid. He had become a symbol of Latin pride, valor, and chivalry. But the crowds owned him and he did their bidding...and they had bid him to die.
The book gives us a thumbnail biographical sketch of the matador while punching it up with some fascinating personal accounts from some significant people in Manolete’s life. The emotion that comes through some of these reminiscences is palpable and provides a glimpse into the world of the cuadrilla, the close knit team of banderilleros, sword handlers and managers that support every matador de toros.  They become especially poignant given the intensity of their experience and its tragic conclusion.
The book also touches on the doomed love affair between Manolete and Lupe Sino, the Spanish actress who became his mistress and the love of his life.  Conrad avoids the temptation to editorialize on the nature of their relationship, neither putting it on a pedestal nor blaming the actress for bewitching the matador. 
Along with the lush and varied collection of photographs included in the book, this straightforward treatment of the life of possibly the most charismatic bullfighter ever makes “The Death of Manolete” a valuable addition to any aficionado’s taurine library.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013622388
Publisher:
PHOENIX BOOKS INC
Publication date:
08/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
18 MB
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Meet the Author

Artist-author Barnaby Conrad was born in San Francisco, California, in 1922. He graduated from Taft preparatory school in Connecticut, attended the Univerity of North Carolina, where he was captain of the boxing team, and the University of Mexico, where he studied painting and begun his career as an amateur bullfighter. After being injured in the bullring, he continued his studies at Yale and graduated in 1943.

He was named American Vice Consul to Sevilla, Malaga, and Barcelona from 1943 to 1946. There he studied bullfighting with Belmonte, Manolete, and Arruza—three greats of the bullring—and in 1945 he appeared on the same program with Belmonte and was awarded the ears of the bull. He is the only American to have fought in Spain, Mexico, and Peru.

He has written 30 books, including Matador, La Fiesta Brava, The Encyclopedia of Bullfighting, and How to Fight a Bull.

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