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A marked man, he evaded Franco’s execution squads to survive in hiding through a generation of ...
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 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
Introduction to the New Edition vii
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
Chronology 1900-1970 236