In Hiding: The Life Of Manuel Cortes by Ronald FraserIn Hiding: The Life Of Manuel Cortes by Ronald Fraser

In Hiding: The Life Of Manuel Cortes

byRonald Fraser

Paperback | August 31, 2010

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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.
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.
Title:In Hiding: The Life Of Manuel CortesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.28 × 5.47 × 0.77 inPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:Verso PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1844675963

ISBN - 13:9781844675968


Editorial Reviews

“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