Blood and Sand

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Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788499534503

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Blood and Sand (Sangre y arena) is a novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez partly inspired by the life of the Sevillian bullfighter El Espartero, killed by a catch in the Plaza de Toros in Madrid, in 1894.
Juan Gallardo, a poor boy from Seville who ran away from home to fight at the fairs, made his way as a brave bullfighter. And later he triumphed as a matador getting: fame, money and Carmen, a wife in love and understanding.
However, Gallardo meets Doña Sol, a woman of the world who has toured the main European courts, and makes her his lover.
When Carmen discovers his infidelity, she abandons Gallardo and the latter, dejected, no longer wants to succeed in the bullrings. In the end Carmen compassionately forgives him and Gallardo promises that he will fight for the last time before retiring…

As in every day of the bullfight, Juan Gallardo had an early lunch. A piece of roast beef was his only dish. He came, not even tasted it: the bottle remained intact before him. It was necessary to remain serene. He drank two cups of thick black coffee, and lit a huge cigar, standing with his elbows on the table and his jaw resting on his hands, looking with sleepy eyes at the guests who were slowly occupying the dining room.
A few years ago, since they gave him “the alternative” in the Plaza de Toros de Madrid, he came to stay in the same hotel on Calle de Alcalá, where the owners treated him as if he were family, and dining room waiters, doormen, kitchen skewers and old waitresses adored him as a glory of the establishment. There, too, he had remained for many days—wrapped in rags, in a dense environment laden with the smell of iodoform and cigarette smoke—as a result of two catches; But this bad memory did not impress him. In his superstitions of a southerner subjected to continuous dangers, he thought that this hotel was “of good shade” and nothing bad would happen to him in it. Mishaps of the trade; tears in the suit or in the flesh; but nothing to fall forever, as other comrades had fallen, whose memory troubled their best hours.

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Reference edition: Valencia, Editorial Prometeo.

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