Lewine explains Spain and the art of the bulls by spending a bullfighting season traveling Spanish highways with the celebrated matador Francisco Rivera OrdÃ³nez, following Fran, as he's known, through every region and social stratum. Fran's great-grandfather was a famous bullfighter and the inspiration for Hemingway's matador in The Sun Also Rises. Fran's father was also a star matador, until a bull took his life shortly before Fran's eleventh birthday.
Fran is blessed and haunted by his family history. Formerly a top performer himself, Fran's reputation has slipped, and as the season opens he feels intense pressure to live up to his legacy amid tabloid scrutiny in the wake of his separation from his wife, a duchess. But Fran perseveres through an eventful season of early triumph, serious injury, and an unlikely return to glory.
About: Profiles a season on the bullfighting circuit through the experiences of celebrated matador Francisco Rivera Ordoänez, as he faces tremendous pressure to live up to his family's and his society's expectations.
About: Celebrated matador Francisco Rivera Ordoñez, the grandson of a famous Spanish matador, faces tremendous pressure to live up to his family's and his society's expectations, as he pursues his own life's path in the bullfighting ring, and outside of it, in a profile of a season on the bullfighting circuit.
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