July 28, 2010 by staff
Bullfighting, In Catalonia, rights activists animal faced the Spanish traditionalists – and won the animal rights advocates. The Catalan Parliament voted 68-55 to end bullfighting in the region marking the first time that the sport outside the centuries-old law to mainland Spain.
In fact, the popularity of the show had been waning in recent years, say observers.
But what about Ernest Hemingway? The American writer has been identified with the tradition of violence, which is celebrated as a glorious show of courage. He introduced the running of the bulls in Pamplona with the world in his novel, 1926 “The Sun Also Rises” and his 1932 book “Death in the Afternoon” is seen as “the Bible of the bulls.”
Hemingway saw his first bullfight in Pamplona in 1923. (It is reported that he brought his pregnant wife, Hadley, with him, hoping that the show would have a positive influence on her unborn child.)
“He got caught in the drama of the whole thing,” Hemingway friend AE Hotchner recalled. Hemingway insisted that a bullfight was not a sport but a tragedy.
What was it that so fascinated the lost generation of writers on the confrontation between man and beast? “Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and the degree of brilliance in the execution is left in honor of the fighter,” he wrote in “Death in the Afternoon.”
Hemingway never got over his love for the show. The last time I visited Spain in 1959 to cover a dramatic confrontation between two bullfighters of Life magazine. (The work was published in 1985 as “The Dangerous Summer” and is sometimes called the last book of Hemingway.) When Hemingway died in 1961, two tickets to the next bullfight in Pamplona were found in the drawer.
But what would have been surprised by the ruling in Catalonia? Of course not.
Even at the time of Hemingway’s feelings went against tradition and the author is well understood the source of its strength. “It would be nice, of course, for those who like that if that did not feel they had to go to war against it or give money to try to suppress it, because it is offensive or do not like,” wrote in “Death in the Afternoon.” [B ut], which is too much to expect and anything capable of arousing passion in its favor undoubtedly rise as much passion against it. “
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