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In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortes

Fraser, Ronald

Published by Pantheon Books, 1972
ISBN 10: 0394479416 / ISBN 13: 9780394479415
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Title: In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortes

Publisher: Pantheon Books

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.


New York. 1972. Pantheon Books. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 238 pages. June 1972. hardcover. 0394479416. keywords: Spain History. inventory # 3476. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The moving chronicle of a man’s incredible, generation-long concealment, IN HIDING is the story of Manuel Cortes, the mayor of a village near Malaga before its fall to Franco’s forces during the Spanish Civil War. In 1969, following an amnesty declaration by the government, the mayor came out of hiding—thirty years’ incarceration in his own home, time often passed literally in nooks and crannies of a wall. On one level this is the simple and dramatic story of his and his wife’s and daughter’s everyday toil to earn their livelihood, to keep up the outward appearance of normal lives, to withstand searches, interrogations, fire and sickness without giving away their mortal secret. As such it is a testimony to man’s infinite resourcefulness and capacity for survival. On a second level, this is a rousing account by an exceptional man of sixty years of Spanish history that touched his life, a knowing and humane depiction of the social and human texture of village life and politics that formed the bedrock of agrarian Spain. Bookseller Inventory # 3476

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Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: Ronald Fraser is the leading oral historian of twentieth-century Spain. He is the author of several books, including In Hiding, In Search of a Past, Blood of Spain and Napoleon?s Cursed War.

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