In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortés - Ronald FraserAllen Lane The Penguin Press, 1972, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper and onto the margins of the panels. Nicked at the tail of the spine. Price Clipped. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “In 1969 in the small Spanish village of Mijas, Manuel Cortes came out of hiding for the first time in thirty years. A lifelong socialist, he had been the village’s last Republican mayor and had fled when the Nationalists occupied the village near Malaga during the Civil War. When the war ended in 1939 Manuel returned from the defeated Republican zone and reached his house without being seen. Although intending to give himself up and serve a few inevitable years in prison, members of his family insisted that he would be shot if he did. And so Manuel went into hiding — and remained undetected in his own home until, thirty years later, an amnesty was announced for all Civil War ‘offenders’. Only then did he come into the open.
Ronald Fraser’s book is based on interviews with Manuel, his wife, Juliana, and their daughter. It recounts the incredible difficulties of their plan -the hole they made in a wall for the first hiding place; how they moved house by night with Manuel dressed up as an old woman; the frequent interrogations that Juliana suffered from the Guardia Civil; her efforts to support the family and to ensure that Manuel was never seen or heard; how he watched the world go by from behind the curtains; and the family’s dilemma when he became seriously ill. At this level, In Hiding is a domestic story of extraordinary interest, the more moving for the way husband’s and wife’s versions of the ordeal subtly differ. But more than that, it is the story of twentieth-century Andalusia, for Ronald Fraser has persuaded Manuel to speak of his early life, of how the Republic affected Spain; of the progress of the war and of his final feelings about a Mijas that is now a tourist village. Throughout Manuel’s own account the author has, by means of notes, supplied the larger historical perspective of the most turbulent decade in contemporary Spanish history. The combination of private and political drama and the affecting simplicity of Manuel’s and Juliana’s words make In Hiding a memorable book and one of the most revealing studies of modern Spain.”