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In Hiding

The Life of Manuel Cortés

«In the mountain of books about the war there cannot be another so brief and yet so complete, so unguarded and yet so subtle, so movingly human as this.»

Arthur Miller, New York Times

Manuel Cortes was a Socialist Party member, an activist in the peasant reform movement and an organizer in the farm workers' unionization struggles. He also became mayor of Malaga, where he was caught up in the ferment of revolutionary Spain in the late 1930s. Les mer

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Manuel Cortes was a Socialist Party member, an activist in the peasant reform movement and an organizer in the farm workers' unionization struggles. He also became mayor of Malaga, where he was 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 made several attempts to escape to France or emigrate through the port of Barcelona, but circumstances always conspired to prevent his escape. In this absorbing narrative, based on numerous interviews with the mayor conducted by the author, a master of oral history, Cortes' incredible ordeal is supplemented by his family's life histories and experiences during the Civil War.

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Forlag
Verso Books
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
262
ISBN
9781844675968
Utgave
2. utg.
Utgivelsesår
2010
Format
21 x 14 cm

Om forfatteren

Ronald Fraser is the leading oral historian of twentieth-century Spain. He is the author of several books, including Napoleon's Cursed War, Blood of Spain and Tajos: The Story of a Village on the Costa del Sol.

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«In the mountain of books about the war there cannot be another so brief and yet so complete, so unguarded and yet so subtle, so movingly human as this.»

Arthur Miller, New York Times

«[In Hiding] bears [Fraser's] trademark style, a kind of literary anthropology that tells sweeping stories with a pointillist logic ... Scrupulous about structure and detail, his tales are unfailingly readable-from his depiction of a Spanish village in Tajos to his oral history of the civil war, The Blood of Spain

Jonathan Blitzer, Bookforum

«A truly fascinating account.»

Glasgow Herald

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