The Capital of the World (short story)


The Capital of the World (short story)

'The Capital of the World" is a short story by Ernest Hemingway. The story takes place in Madrid and follows Paco, a young waiter, and his desires to become a matador.

First published in "Esquire" in June 1936 as "The Horns of the Bull", it was changed to its present title in the short story collection "The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories", published in 1938.


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