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'Whether or not the artistic quality of the bullfight outweighs the moral question of the animals' suffering is something that each person must decide for themselves - as they must decide whether the taste of a steak justifies the death of a cow. But if we ignore the possibility that one does outweigh the other, we fall foul of the charge of self-deceit and incoherence in our dealings with animals.' Alexander Fiske-Harrison
In a remarkable and controversial book Fiske-Harrison follows the tracks of a whole bullfighting year in Spain. He trains and takes part in the sport himself. He gives us memorable portraits of bull-fighters and bulls, of owners, trainers and fans - of a whole country. Fiske-Harrison offers a fully rounded and involving portrait of an art as performed for centuries and of the arguments that dog it today.
'I stopped halfway along the wall, slowly turned, put my hands on the safety-rail and looked down at the explosive paranoia of horn and muscle less than five feet away from me. I moved the little finger of my left hand and his head flicked towards it. Then I moved the little finger on my right, and his head shot towards that.''Arguably the most engaging study of bullfighting since Hemingway's Death in The Afternoon...controversial, thought-provoking and highly recommended' Jason Webster, author of Duende: A Journey in Search of FlamencoAlexander Fiske-Harrison spent a season studying the matadors and breeders of famous 'fighting bulls'. He ran with the bulls in Pamplona and found himself invited to enter the ring with 500lb training cows. This developed into a personal quest to understand the bullfight at its deepest levels, and he undertook months of damaging and dangerous training with one of the greatest matadors of all, Eduardo Dávila Miura, to prepare himself to experience the bullfight in its true essence: that of man against bull in a life or death struggle from which only one can emerge alive. 'Bold, provocative and morally searching, Fiske-Harrison writes about the bizarre and arrogant world of bullfighting with passion and deep knowledge' Michael Jacobs, author of Factory of Light: Life in an Andalucian Village