Che Wants to See You: The Untold Story of Che Guevara

Che Wants to See You: The Untold Story of Che Guevara

by Ciro Bustos
     
 

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For the first time, Ciro Bustos, Che’s right-hand man in the struggle for Argentina, tells his story. As a young man inspired by the example of Cuba, Bustos was determined to bring revolution to the home country he shared with his hero. After a failed attempt to liberate Argentina, it was not until 1966 that he was contacted by the Cubans once again and told…  See more details below

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For the first time, Ciro Bustos, Che’s right-hand man in the struggle for Argentina, tells his story. As a young man inspired by the example of Cuba, Bustos was determined to bring revolution to the home country he shared with his hero. After a failed attempt to liberate Argentina, it was not until 1966 that he was contacted by the Cubans once again and told, “Che wants to see you.”

Under false papers, Bustos crossed the border into Bolivia, where Che was in hiding with his guerrilla forces; and here, for the first time, Che shared his plans for a continental revolution. In this fascinating memoir, Ciro Bustos tells us a story only he is able to recount: what really happened in Bolivia in 1967 and why he did not betray Che.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After 40 years of keeping his tale largely private, Bustos, a crucial member of Che's operation to launch an Argentine revolution, delivers a seamless memoir that relates his role and Che's plans for South America before the latter's 1967 execution by the CIA in Bolivia. Bustos left Buenos Aires for Cuba soon after Castro's revolution—he'd heard a radio broadcast from Cuba in which Che had placed the Cuban struggle in the context of achieving Latin American self-determination. In Havana's suspicious atmosphere his loyalty and identity were questioned, which continued across a decade of reconnaissance for Che throughout South America and Europe. He narrates with nuance his devotion to Che as well as doubts about their enterprise's feasibility. In one absurdist drama, Bustos answers a mysterious invitation to China, refuses to repudiate Castro, and is promptly sent home. Castro eventually abandons the Argentine project: "Havana had taken off its earphones and pulled down its antennae." In prison, Bustos denies all guerilla activity and is eventually granted asylum in Sweden. Bustos's powers of observation and critical commentary make this required reading for both historians of revolution and future world-changers. (June)
Jon Lee Anderson
“The account of an extraordinary period in contemporary history in which thousands of young men and women around the world, inspired by Che Guevara and his Cuban comrades, believed they could change the world through armed revolution … the journal of a life lived to the limit in pursuit of an ideal, with all of its consequences.”
Richard Gott
“The last vital element that completes the jigsaw of Che Guevara’s extraordinary life. [This] long-awaited book is both an important contribution to history and a gripping read.”
Library Journal
Interest in Che Guevara—and the number of writers tackling the subject of the revolutionary leader—has yet to subside. Bustos was Guevara's Argentine lieutenant and confidant, as well as an artist and revolutionary in his own right. In this massive memoir, originally published as El Che Quiere Verte in 2007, he recalls his days in Cuba, Argentina, Bolivia, and points in between. His memoir is long on names, dates, places, and ideology, difficult to follow at times, and inconclusive on many issues concerning Guevara. Bustos refutes the widespread belief that he betrayed Guevara, pointing a finger instead at fellow revolutionary Régis Debray. After following Guevara to Cuba and Bolivia, all the time plotting for a communist government in Argentina, Bustos was captured in Bolivia in 1967 and spent three years in detention before landing in Chile during the presidency of Salvador Allende. He returned to Argentina in 1973 and finally sought asylum in Sweden, where he lives today, in 1976. Bustos successfully depicts much of the revolutionary fervor so widespread in Latin America during the period. VERDICT With insights and recollections that are useful in filling gaps in the Guevara legend, this volume will be valuable for comprehensive collections on Guevara and the revolution he sought, even though the book is less about Guevara than Bustos.—Boyd Childress, formerly with Auburn Univ. Libs., AL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781683361
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Ciro Bustos was born in Mendoza in 1932. After his release from prison in Bolivia he first moved to Chile, but had to flee to Argentina following the 1973 coup. He fled Argentina three years later after another coup, and now lives in Malmo, Sweden. El Che Quiere Verte was published in Argentina in 2007.

Anne Wright has translated many books into English, including The Motorcycle Diaries; I, Rigoberta Menchu and The Assasination of Lumumba.

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