Light and dark of the icon of the Second Republic

Updated:11/14/2020 00:54h

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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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