In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortes

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Bookforum
“Recently reissued with a new introduction, [In Hiding] bears [Fraser's] trademark style, a kind of literary anthropology that tells sweeping stories with a pointillist logic ... his tales are unfailingly readable.”
Arthur Miller - The New York Times
“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.”
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844675968
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Edition vii

Introduction xi

Glossary xix

Abbreviations xxi

1 In Hiding: The first ten years 1939-49 1

2 Manuel and Juliana: Youth, pueblo and politics 1905-30 71

3 Republic, Revolution and civil war 1931-9 99

4 In Hiding: Twenty more years 1949-69 173

5 Release 203

6 Today: Manuel 215

Notes 223

Chronology 1900-1970 236

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