Comparing covers: The sun also rises

I read “The sun also rises” by Ernest Hemingway in February and quite liked it. So, it’s time to look at some of its covers. The title of the book when it was published in the UK in 1927 was “Fiesta” and this is what it is still called in Germany.

I couldn’t find a lot of German covers unfortunately, but there are plenty of English ones (and still more than I am showing here).

Fiesta German

Most of the covers focus on the bullfight, not surprising given the book title, but even though the “fiesta” is an important part of the book and there IS a bullfight I think that an image of a bullfight gives the potential reader a wrong impression of the book. Mine is the 6th one, one of the least attractive, but swappers can’t be choosers.

1926 1927 UK fiesta_engl_2

fiesta_engl_3 fiesta_engl_1 fiesta_engl_8


I also found an Italian cover, which I actually like best (in spite of the bull motif).

Fiesta Italian

And yet another one, this time Spanish…

Fiesta Spanish


Which one do you like best?

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  1. I love this book. In fact it is one of my top favorites of all time. My book cover is an old Scribner’s with no picture at all. Was it called ‘Fiesta’ in Spanish?? I’m sorta fond of the Fiesta one above with the woman holding a drink, and I like the real people photograph one, too. What a great idea for a posting to show all those covers.
    Nan’s last post ..Its five oclock here!


    • Nan, I think it WAS called Fiesta in Spanish, which would make sense, wouldn’t it?
      For this book I think a plain cover would be best, as there are so many facets to it that you can’t possibly get them all in one image.


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