London: Harvill Press, 1999. First Edition. First Edition. Octavo, 9.5 x 6.25 in (241 x 159 mm); 212 pages. Hardcover, dust jacket protected with mylar cover. Unread copy.
SYNOPSIS: In Madrid in 1868, fencing master and man of honor Don Jaime is approached by a mysterious woman who seeks to learn the unstoppable thrust, an arcane technique known only to him. All too soon he finds himself in the vortex of a plot that includes seduction, secret political documents, and more than one murder. Rich with historical detail of a decaying world that agonizes - as does the art of fencing itself - over the ideals of honor and chivalry.
Made into a film in 1992 (El maestro de esgrima), starring Assumpta Serna and Joaquim de Almeida.
Condition: As new / Fine.
Item number: 294