Motorcycle Diaries Notes on a Latin American Journey

ISBN-10: 1920888101

ISBN-13: 9781920888107

Edition: 2004 (Revised)

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Special movie tie-in edition of Che Guevara's youthful travel diaries to coincide with the Fall release of Redford & Salles's film of the book. Says director Walter Salles: "If the film reaches a younger audience, I hope it will inspire people to read The Motorcycle Diaries, to have the impression that change can occur." "As his journey progresses, Guevara's voice seems to deepen, to darken, colored by what he witnesses in his travels. He is still poetic, but now he comments on what he sees, though still poetically, with a new awareness of the social and political ramifications of what's going on around him."-January Magazine "The Motorcycle Diaries could easily go on to become the first Spanish language nominee for Best Picture."-Roger Friedman, Fox News
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Ocean Press
Publication date: 9/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 175
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 14, 1928, to an aristocratic family of Spanish-Irish descent. He was known from an early age for his dynamic personality and radical points of view. Guevara graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree of doctor of medicine and surgery in 1953. He witnessed the 1954 CIA-backed coup in Guatemala that ended the regime of socialist Jacobo Arbenz. As a direct result, Guevara became convinced that the United States would never support leftist governments and that violent revolution was the only way to end poverty in Latin America. He joined Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement in 1956, and following the Cuban Revolution held several influential posts in the new socialist government, including Minister of Industries. In 1965, Che left Cuba for the ex-Belgian Congo to support the Marxist Simba movement, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Following his time in Africa, Guevara traveled to Bolivia to teach guerrilla warfare to native Communists preparing for revolution. He was captured during a military operation by army forces supported by the United States and executed on October 9, 1967. Guevara's remains were discovered in 1997 and relocated to a mausoleum in Cuba. Guevara had a daughter with Hilda Gadea, whom he married in 1955 and divorced in 1959, and four children with his second wife, Aleida March, a Cuban-born member of the 26th of July movement. He also had a son with Lilia Rosa Lpez. After his death Guevara became a global icon of martyrdom and a symbol of rebellion, particularly during the worldwide student protests of the late 1960s. Among his most noted written works, which include texts on guerilla warfare, socialism, and political economy, are "The Motorcycle Diaries," "Bolivian Diary," and "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War."

Ernesto Che Guevarawas the legendary Latin American guerrilla fighter who joined the Cuban revolutionary movement that toppled the Batista dictatorship. He played a leading role in the early years of the Cuban revolution and made an extraordinary and original contribution to Marxist theory. He died at the hands of CIA assassins in Bolivia in 1967. Aleida Guevarais the eldest daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara and Aleida March. She works as a pediatrician in Havana and has been a prominent speaker at the World Social Forums.

Preface to the first edition
Biography of Ernesto Che Guevara
Brief chronology of Ernesto Che Guevara
Map and Itinerary of The Motorcycle Diaries
So we understand each other
Discovery of the ocean
...Lovesick pause
Until the last tie is broken
For the flu, bed
San Martin de los Andes
Circular exploration
Dear Mama
On the Seven Lakes Road
And now, I feel my great roots unearth, free and...
Objects of curiosity
The Experts
The difficulties intensify
La Poderosa II's final tour
Firefighters, workers and other matters
La Gioconda's smile
This time, disaster
Arid land for miles and miles
The end of Chile
Chile, a vision from afar
Tarata, the new world
In the dominions of Pachamama
Lake of the sun
Toward the navel of the world
The navel
The land of the Incas
Our Lord of the Earthquakes
Homeland for the victor
Cuzco straight
Ever northward
Through the center of Peru
Shattered hopes
The city of the viceroys
Down the Ucayali
Dear Papi
The San Pablo leper colony
Saint Guevara's day
Debut for the little Kontiki
Dear Mama
On the road to Caracas
This strange 20th century
A note in the margin
A child of my environment (Speech to medical students, 1960)
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