When Dionisio Ridruejo (Burgo de Osma, Soria, 1912 -Madrid, 1975) clandestinely crossed the border in early June of 1962, he was already an undisputed figure in the opposition against the Franco dictatorship. His attendance at the IV Congress of the European Movement condemned him to two years in exile. Between 1962 and 1064 he maintained this intense correspondence with his wife, Gloria de Ros. These letters, unpublished until now, read as a private chronicle of the life of a conspirator. Reflected in his letters are his sense of duty and how he longed for his family, combined with his mixed feelings about returning to his homeland. He was a man both worried about his own family’s problems, as well as the challenge of his determination to rebuild a democratic consciousness among his compatriots.
Jordi Gracia, essayist and Faculty Chair of the University of Barcelona, and Jordi Amat, specialist in Ridruejo, wrote the prologue and compiled this extraordinary testimony.