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One of the greatest of all American novels is Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. It tells the story of a group of American ex-patriots living in Paris during the decade following World War I. The story is set in several locales, particularly Paris, and Hemingway's description of the nightlife and debauchery of the French capital in the 1920s is probably the most memorable ever set to print. The latter section of the novel is dedicated to the Festival of San Fermin, in Pamploma, Spain--another example of wild drinking and sexual tension run amok--and highlighted by the famous "running of the bulls." Although the event had been staged for many years, Hemingway's novel put this festival on the map, transforming it into an international destination for many tourists seeking a dangerous twist to their travels.
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