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In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortesby Ronald Fraser
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In Hiding is the spellbinding story of a man who spent thirty years holed up in his own home to escape execution. Manuel Cortés was a Socialist Party member, an activist in the Republic’s land reform movement, and an organizer in the farm workers’ unionization struggles. As Mayor of Mijas in Andalusia, he became caught up in the ferment of revolutionary Spain in the late 1930s.
A marked man, he evaded Franco’s execution squads to survive in hiding through a generation of persecution and terror until amnesty was decreed in 1969—a period of thirty years. With his wife and daughter, he attempted to escape to France, but failed. In this absorbing narrative, based on numerous interviews with the mayor conducted by Ronald Fraser, a master of oral history, Cortés’s truly awe-inspiring ordeal is supplemented by his family’s life histories and experiences during the Civil War.
A haunting tale and a monument to the art of the oral historian, In Hiding reminds us what the Spanish Civil War was really about.
"In the mountain of books about that war there cannot be another so brief and yet so complete, so unguarded and yet so subtle, so movingly human as this."-Arthur Miller, The New York Times
In Hiding is the spellbinding story of a man who spent thirty years holed up in his own home to escape execution. Manuel Cortés, a socialist and mayor of the village of Mijas in Andalusia, became a marked man once Franco's forces took power. Cortés stayed under cover until amnesty was decreed in 1969. This absorbing narrative, based on numerous in-depth interviews, chronicles an awe-inspiring ordeal and depicts one of Spain's darkest hours in visceral detail.
About the Author
Best known for articulating the voices and historical experiences of 'ordinary people', Ronald Fraserhere turns with the same objective from twentieth-century Spain to an earlier period crucial to both British and Spanish history. Among his previous books are Blood of Spainand In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortes.
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