Dan Hancox: The Village Against the World - in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Wednesday 23rd October 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU
Literary Event, Chargeable Event
For his latest book, Dan Hancox has gone in search of the last communist village in Spain, and examines its place within a rich history of protest.
One hundred kilometers from Seville, in the wild heart of Andalusia, Marinaleda has been at the centre of a long struggle to create a communist utopia since the demise of General Franco. Founded in a series of conflicts, hunger strikes and occupations against the local landlord the Duchess of Alba, Marinaleda has become an international beacon of hope during the Euro-crisis. In this pueblo there is almost full employment and Easter is celebrated as carnaval -- but it's not all great: you have to work on Sundays.
Who is Sánchez Gordillo? Hancox tells the story of this charismatic village mayor, who became a household name in the Eurozone -- a Robin Hood figure -- after leading raids on local supermarkets to feed the Andalucian unemployed in 2012.
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