Or I’ll Dress You In Mourning by Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Book Club Associates (BCA B.C.A.), 1968, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: He was born Manuel Benitez, in the small village of Palma Del Rio, only months before all Spain was plunged into the fatal violence of the Civil War. The fifth child of an Andalusian farm-worker, he had nothing but rags, unkempt hair, an easy smile and an intensely single-minded determination to escape the hunger and bitter suffering that were his birthright.
Today, he is the idol of Spain: matador, movie-star, multi-millionaire, international celebrity. His fortune is so vast that his accountants cannot calculate its exact value. Mass hysteria and frenzied adulation follow him wherever he goes. He is El Cordobes, the Man from Cordoba.
With the same compulsive readability of their bestselling Is Paris Burning?, Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre trace the fabulous destiny of Manuel Benitez from illiterate urchin to the most famous Spaniard of his generation. How one day, on the nickering screen of the local cinema, young Manuel found his dream: to conquer the bullrings of Spain. How, by night, he would creep into the forbidden moonlit fields to taunt the bulls with his dyed blanket muleta. How he was beaten by the clubs of the prowling Guardia Civil, despaired of by his sister, scoffed at by his friends, and banished from his home-town as an incorrigible thief and delinquent. How for four long years, he travelled across Spain looking for a chance to prove his courage. How, finally, he found the fabled man with the panama hat, and, in one wild summer of reckless courage and sensational publicity, became El Cordobes, idol of Spain.
Or Ill Dress You in Mourning is a story of indomitable courage, of triumph over insuperable odds, that embodies the dreams of every Spaniard and the aspirations of a restless nation. It is also a dramatic history of Spain during the past thirty years from the Spain of yesterday, of the Civil War and the Nationalist Repressions, introspective, wounded and poverty-stricken, to the Spain of today, finally roused from her long stupor, a Spain of tourists and television, mini-skirts and the Common Market a new Spain of which El Cordobes is the symbol.
Good+ in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with loss at the spine ends and corners, some light scuffing. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 349 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?