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Into the Arena: The World of the Spanish Bullfight Paperback – Mar 1 2011

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books(GB); Main edition (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846683351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846683350
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,073,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An informative and breathtaking volume of gonzo journalism * Herald * The essential incongruity of an Englishman in the ring makes this book an engrossing introduction to bullfighting * Financial Times * He [Fiske-Harrison] develops a taste for the gruesome spectacle, but what makes the book work is that he never loses his disgust for it...what I really enjoyed about Into the Arena is that after nearly 300 pages I still couldn't quite decide whether bullfighting should be banned or allowed to flourish * Daily Mail * Into the Arena begins by brilliantly capturing a fascinating, intoxicating culture ... Provides an intriguing introduction to Spain's "great feast of art and danger" * Sunday Times * Entertaining ... bears comparison with Kenneth Tynan's outstanding book Bull Fever * Spectator * Whatever you think of Alexander Fiske-Harrison's account of his quest to become a bullfighter, you have to admire his guts ... His descriptions of the fights are compelling and lyrical, and his explanation of different uses of the matador's capes is illuminating ... This complex and ambitious book examines not only life in the bullring but also Spain's cultural identity and modern ideas of masculinity -- James Owen * Mail on Sunday * Transposes the spectacle into words with great success * Literary Review * A really, really good read -- John Inverdale Fantastic... it's a fascinating insight into a world we know little about but are quick to judge -- Ben East * Metro *

About the Author

Alexander Fiske-Harrison was born 1976 and is an English writer and actor. He is best known for writing and acting in The Pendulum in London's West End and has contributed to Prospect, Frieze, The Times and Financial Times.

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