Death of a Matador - Barnaby ConradLondon: Michael Joseph, 1952, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve.
Contains: Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “The scene is Seville, and Pacote, the greatest matador of his generation, is to jght his last bulls; ‘positively his final appearance in any ring’, we might say. A great occasion for the aficionados. But for Pacote it is a day of terror: after so many triumphs in Spain and Latin America he has lost his nerve; his girl has betrayed him, he is drinking too much, a younger man is about to step into his shoes as the greatest of matadors… How he redeems himself in his own eyes and in those of the thousands who have come to see him for the last time, is Mr. Conrad’s theme. Li his taut, dynamic prose, Mr. Conrad renders the smell, the sweat, the very feel of the bull-fighter’s existence — a continual confronting of death — as vividly as it has ever been presented to Anglo-Saxon readers.
Death of a Matador is a work of terse brilliance and is as moving as it is exciting.”