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Mozos : A Decade Running with the Bulls of Spain
by Bill Hillmann


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"Bill Hill is the Rill Dill."--Kent and Keith Zimmerman, authors of "Hell's Angels," "Rotten," and "Operation Family Secrets"

"Hillmann knows the streets, and he also knows how to tell stories--you might know his work from the "Chicago Tribune," Salon.com, and NPR.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Bill Hill is the Rill Dill."--Kent and Keith Zimmerman, authors of "Hell's Angels," "Rotten," and "Operation Family Secrets"

"Hillmann knows the streets, and he also knows how to tell stories--you might know his work from the "Chicago Tribune," Salon.com, and NPR. So it's not surprising to see him deliver a big, sprawling, lacerating, steely-eyed account of one young man's coming of age in a mixed-race family in Chicago."--Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal," on "The Old Neighborhood"

With a journalist's ear for detail, renowned storyteller "Buffalo" Bill Hillmann narrates his decade-long journey of self-discovery, exploring his transformation from wasted ex-Golden Gloves champ lost in gang fights and cocaine deals on Chicago's streets to running with a world-renowned crew of "mozos"--the masters of running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Bill Hillmann is a Golden Glove Champion, union construction laborer, novelist, and bull-runner in Spain, gored last summer by a bull named "Bravito" in an incident covered by global news outlets. His first novel "The Old Neighborhood" was declared "Best Novel of 2014" by "Chicago Sun-Times," selected by "Library Journal" as "Top Indie Fiction: 30 Key Titles Beyond the Best-Sellers List for Spring/Summer 2014," and received rave reviews from "Booklist," "Chicago Tribune," "Chicago Reader," and the "Week." Hillmann's journalism has appeared in "Playboy," the "Washington Post," "Esquire," "Chicago Tribune," "Toronto Star," the "Globe and Mail," Salon.com, and NPR. He has run with the bulls for a decade, contributing coverage of the run to "Esquire" and "Outside Magazine."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781940430539
  • ISBN-10: 1940430534
  • Publisher: Curbside Splendor Publishing
  • Publish Date: July 2015
  • Page Count: 200
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this gritty, tough-talking memoir, former Chicago boxing champion and novelist Hillman (The Old Neighborhood) chronicles his years participating in the Spanish tradition of encierro (bull-running). Inspired by Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, 23-year-old Hillman, after attending novelist Irvine Welsh’s wedding in Dublin, decides to travel to Pamplona, Spain, to take part in the festival of the running of the bulls. Hillman is immediately smitten, enraptured by the skilled and legendary runners. He comes to view the tradition as “an elaborate art, a fiercely loyal brotherhood, a place where grace and heroics seamlessly.” In a terse, highly conversational tone, Hillman recounts the ensuing years pursuing his newfound hobby, his personal struggles with anger and violence, his growth as a mozo (bull-runner), his entrance into and understanding of that “fiercely loyal brotherhood,” and his own progress as a writer. While Hillman writes of his respect for the tradition, the book is remarkably light on the social and cultural history of bull-running. The book is a memoir in the strictest sense—tightly focused around Hillman’s recent experiences related to bull-running and writing. (July)

 
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