The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America

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HarperCollins Publishers, 2004 - 176 pages
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An expanded and freshly translated edition of the cult bestseller, for a new generation of Che Guevara fans. In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on 'La Poderosa', the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the twenty-three-year-old Che Guevara. Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are Che's diaries -- full of disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy and laddish improvisations. During his travels through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, Che's main concerns are where the next drink is coming from, where the next bed is to be found and who might be around to share it. Che becomes a stowaway, a fireman and a football coach; he sometimes falls in love and frequently falls off the motorbike. Within a decade the whole world would know his name. His trip might have been an adventure of a lifetime -- had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.; Features exclusive, unpublished photos taken by the 23-year old Ernesto on his journey across the continent.; and a tender preface by Aleida Guevara, offering an insightful perspetive on her father -- the man and the icon.

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He was an elegant, passionate writer. - Goodreads
The prose maintained the beauty that Che intended. - Goodreads
... his descriptions are lovely and his insights sharp. - Goodreads

Real extraordinary life

Avis d'utilisateur  - Anonymous - Flipkart

This is a real story... and yet it seems to be full of surprises.. however, one thing that struck me is that such a revolutionary can be so good writer.. full of humor.. Consulter l'avis complet

Review: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

Avis d'utilisateur  - Daniel McMillan - Goodreads

Amazing read, took me a long time. Just kind of took my time with this one. It's amazing to see the world from the point of view of the man Che Guevara was before he became comandante. Consulter l'avis complet

À propos de l'auteur (2004)

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 López. 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.

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