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‘How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona’ author gored by bull in Pamplona

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Bill Hillmann, one of the co-authors of the book, Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona, was gored on July, 9, 2014. Fox News reports that although the injuries are serious, they are not life threatening. Another person was also injured and is in serious condition.

Hillmann is a 32-year old author who is familiar with the festival. He frequently attended the nine-day event held in Pamplona, Spain. One of the books co-author’s, Britain’s Alexander Fiske-Harrison, was at the event and stated that the bulls turned around and charged the crowd.

San Fermin and Running of the Bulls

During the San Fermin Festival, six fighting bulls run a 930-yard course through the town along with humans brave enough to run with them. It is considered one of the most dangerous events in the world. After the run, the bulls are subject to death in a bull fighting ring. The festival along with the bull run became romanticized in Ernest Hemmingway’s novel, The Sun Also Rises.

Injuries are common

Hillmann spoke with the Chicago Tribune by phone from the hospital. When Bill Hillmann fell, he said the 1,300 pound bull fell with him. A horn went in one side of his thigh and out the other before the bull pulled its horn out. The injuries Hillmann sustained required surgery.

A total of fifteen people have been killed during the Running of the Bulls event since 1924. Each year dozens are injured. The most common cause of injury is falling. Goring is another common cause of injury and death during the event. In addition to Hillmann, a man from Valencia, Spain, was gored in the chest and is in serious condition.

The book, Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona, is co-authored by Bill Hillmann, Alexander Fiske-Harrison, John Hemmingway, Jim Hollander, and Joe Distler. It is available in Kindle format. The book is 220 pages and includes a foreward from the Mayor of Pomplona. It was published on June 19, 2014 by Mephisto Press . It sells on Amazon for $7.00.

Lynda Altman loves her original Kindle Fire. She has no desire to run with the bulls in Pamplona or anywhere else. A Kindle HDX is on her wish list when the Fire finally gives out. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.


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