Light and dark of the icon of the Second Republic

Updated:11/14/2020 00:54h


The exile was as revealing as it was frustrating for Don Manuel Azana. In 1940, the last year he spent in this world, French doctors confirmed that he suffered from a strange disease known as beef heart, the extreme dilation of the aorta and the heart. Cipriano de Rivas Cherif, who was his great friend and brother-in-law, played with the metaphor to weave his own diagnosis: “What he has is a heart that does not fit in his chest.” His words encompass, even today, the general feeling that survives about the politician from Alcalá de Henares; the one that draws him as an orchestra conductor who managed to keep pace with the different left-wing factions during the Second Republic.


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