Ernest Hemingway with matador Antonio Ordoñez. Murcia - Spain - 1959

Ernest Hemingway in Spain,
during the Dangerous Summer

Hemingway impressed of Spain


Ernest Hemingway was so highly impressed with the Spanish bullfight that he felt compelled to write a novel about it: he spun the tale so well that he found himself suddenly sanctified in a Writer’s Heaven. His war wounds healed in the country whose geographic shape has always been likened to the hide of a bull. And it was precisely a bull that made it possible for the reddened sand and the blood-colored wine to cast an irresistible spell over him.

Pamplona, The inspiration of Hemingway

Several Spanish cities welcomed and sheltered him, but Pamplona was his true home. And with a red scarf tied around his neck and the liquor pouring down his throat, he considered his trips to San Fermín as a sacred and obligatory annual pilgrimage. A war correspondent and a supporter of the Spanish Republic, he spoke to the world about Spain and he spoke to Spain about the world. He was on the losing side and wept for his second home, and years would have to pass before he could return to it. But he did return and he wrote about it, lived it, breathed it, hated it and loved it. There is extensive evidence in black and white to show that he was indeed very happy here. .


From Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona, his festivity, and the bullfights has deep mark in Ernest Hemingay: The Sun Also Rises, 1926, Death in the Afternoon, 1932. In this web you can find photographs of the novell in Spain especially during the years that inspire The Dangerous Summer.