Juan Belmonte, matador de toros: Su vida y sus hazanas

Juan Belmonte, matador de toros: Su vida y sus hazanas

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Juan Belmonte, matador de toros: Su vida y sus hazanas by Manuel Chaves Nogales

Chaves Nogales met Juan Belmonte shortly before publishing this book, and, even though he was not a bullfighting aficionado, the two men hit it off immediately. His warmth, fighting spirit, and conciliatory mood, rare in Spanish society at the time, were some of the qualities that attracted the author and inspired him to write the famous bullfighter’s biography. In the narration, the voices of the biographer and the subject blend together, so that it is difficult to discern when one begins to speak and the other stops, and this style makes Belmonte’s memories unravel with astonishing ease: his infancy in Seville, the difficult years dedicated to learning, the picturesque aspects of the bullfighting and literary circles, fame, his rivalry with Joselito. This is the acute and faithful testimonial of an era, a masterpiece resulting from the encounter between two extraordinary people: Juan Belmonte, founder of modern bullfighting, and Chaves Nogales, one of the most important Spanish journalists of the first half of the twentieth century.

Chaves Nogales había conocido a Juan Belmonte poco tiempo antes de la publicación del libro y, aunque no era aficionado a los toros, los dos hombres congeniaron enseguida. La calidad humana del personaje, su espíritu de superación y su talante conciliador, raro en la crispada sociedad española de la época, fueron algunas de las cualidades que atrajeron al autor y que le animaron a escribir una biografía del famoso torero. En la narración las voces de biógrafo y biografiado se mezclan, sin que se sepa donde empieza a hablar uno y dónde acaba el otro, y fruto de este genial planteamiento los recuerdos de Belmonte se suceden con asombrosa naturalidad: su infancia sevillana, los años de durísimo aprendizaje, el pintoresquismo de los círculos taurinos y literarios, la fama, su rivalidad con Joselito. Éste es el testimonio agudo y fiel de una época, una obra maestra fruto del encuentro entre dos personas extraordinarias: Juan Belmonte, fundador del toreo moderno, y Chaves Nogales, uno de los periodistas españoles más importantes de la primera mitad del siglo XX.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788493659790
Publisher: Libros del Asteroide
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth edition
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Manuel Chaves Nogales is a journalist and author best known for his books on Spain and Russia.

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