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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 Cortes, a socialist and mayor of the village of Mijas in Andalusia, became a marked man once Franco's forces took power. Cortes stayed under cover until amnesty was decreed in 1969. This absorbing narrative, based on numerous in-depth interviews,

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Unknown Binding, 238 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Pantheon Books
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Kirat Kaur
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely amazing read. Manuel Cortes hid for 30 years in his home upon the institution of the Franco regime at the end of the Spanish civil war, to escape persecution and certain death because of his socialist beliefs and leftist activities as a leader and mayor of his community in a village called Mijas in Andalusia.

This account of his time in hiding, and the historical circumstances that led to it, was very educational (I don't know much about Spanish history and political economy) and
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Tacodisc
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Even if nothing could be done outside, within the family a father can see that ideas are kept alive, that there is continuity and that everything doesn't die with him."
Scott Fuchs
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
The true tale of a political 'criminal' in Franco's Spain, hiding in his own home for 30 year [1939-69].
The town, one of those annualy white washed glories of southern Spain is Mijas, 8KM north of Fuengirola [Costa del Sol].
No one casn 'hide' there today; a high spped road from the Coast has been built making it a tour bus delight.
Nicochico
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would have liked to hear more about Manuel and his day-to-day activities after coming out of hiding. Overall a well written book with 3 similar, yet different viewpoints. Makes one wonder how you mentally strong you are/ would have been in that position
Pippa
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, spain
A desperately sad story.
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we left Mijas just before he came out of hiding...
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This is a little known book, the true story of man who hid in his house or 40 years because Franco's government was intent on capturing and executing him. Here he tells his own story about the harrowing times when the house was searched top to bottom. He had hiding places in the walls and would sit for hours cramped there, barely breathing. In the meantime, his wife continued with a demanding work schedule. His children grew up, eventually told about Papa who was actually not lost in the war, ...more
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Ronald Angus Fraser (9 December 1930 – 10 February 2012) was a British historian noted for his oral histories and in particular for Blood Of Spain: An Oral History of the Spanish Civil War, his oral history of the Spanish Civil War.

Born in Hamburg to an upper-middle class British father and wealthy American mother, Fraser was educated at boarding school in England and the USA and undertook further
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