Muy guapa, muy brava in Seville

As many of you know, I spent 3 months in Andalucia this spring researching bullfighting and gitanos (Spanish Gypsies) for my next book The Last Matador.

El Finto & me outside a Seville cafe where all the bullfighters would go after corridas.

A highlight of my trip was meeting with El Finito de Triana, famous bullfighter from the 1960s – 70s. We had a wonderful meeting over coffee and — with the help of two local friends who translated — he revealed many marvelous human aspects of the corrida that you just can’t find in books. For instance, I asked him what he feared most; the bull or the crowd. Without hesitation, this grand gentleman drew up in his seat, looked me square in the eye and said, “the crowd”. Why? Because they always want more and more, they are insatiable. And, in the end, it’s not the bull that kills you. It’s the crowd.

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