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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Novembre - Book: Manuel Sirvent Romero, "The Shoemaker of Alicante" (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:34:46 +0200

Through his memoirs, edited recently thanks to the work of his granddaughter and the CNT-RP editions, the course of Manuel Sirvent Romero challenges us. ---- In the first place because this militant (aged 20 years in 1910), cobbler and self-taught worker, was one of the many almost anonymous craftsmen, although very important, of the Spanish libertarian movement, from its infancy to work in exile. His precious account literally plunges us into the atmosphere of pre-revolutionary Spain and helps us to grasp the extent of the construction work carried out by the activists of the CNT and the FAI who, like the author , allowed to build powerful political and union tools in a very short time despite the innumerable round trips in prisons and the deportations imposed by monarchical and later republican authority. ---- Then, because its author, worker and self-taught gives us over the pages of many reflections, clear and powerful, from his daily work both in terms of the mechanisms of exploitation that the relationship to religious morality.

From fascist uprising to exile

Finally, it helps us to understand in a precise way the sometimes complex political and international problems that arose in Spain, from the fascist uprising to the exile in the French concentration camps. More than a testimony, this autobiography is certainly an excellent way to approach the revolution and the Spanish war, while teeming with powerful demonstrations very accessible on capitalism, the state, the clericalism, the relation to the production and in power. In addition, it provides valuable information on the manner of action of the libertarians of the time, at the union, political and cultural levels.

Titou (AL Fougeres)

Manuel Sirvent Romero, The Cobbler of Alicante. Memoirs of an activist of Spanish anarchism (1889-1948), Ed. CNT-RP, 2017, 290 pages, € 15.

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