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Congo Diary: The Story of Che Guevara's "Lost" Year in Africa

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Featuring a foreword by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ("Che Guevara in Africa"), this book fills in the missing chapter in Che Guevara's life as head of the secret Cuban force that went to aid the liberation movement in the Congo against the Belgian colonialists in 1965. The idea was to prepare a group of Cubans for the mission to Bolivia, as well as to assist African national liberation movements.

This diary remained unpublished for decades because of its controversial content, but, ...

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Overview

Featuring a foreword by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ("Che Guevara in Africa"), this book fills in the missing chapter in Che Guevara's life as head of the secret Cuban force that went to aid the liberation movement in the Congo against the Belgian colonialists in 1965. The idea was to prepare a group of Cubans for the mission to Bolivia, as well as to assist African national liberation movements.

This diary remained unpublished for decades because of its controversial content, but, like his other diaries, reveals Che's great literary gift, his razor-sharp intellect, his dry wit, and his brutal honesty. Because this diary deals with what Che admits was a "failure," he examines every painful detail about what went wrong in order to draw constructive lessons for future expeditions.

This publication of the complete Congo Diary has been thoroughly revised by Che's widow, Aleida March, and published in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center in Havana.

Features:

  • Forewords by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ("Che Guevara in Africa") and Che's daughter, Aleida Guevara
  • Twenty-eight pages of unpublished photos
  • Extensive notes and glossary explaining Swahili terms
  • Backcover blurbs by Nelson Mandela and Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Editorial Reviews

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“Che Guevara's feats in our continent were of such magnitude that no prison or censorship could hide them from us. His life is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom. We will always honor his memory.” Nelson Mandela

“Che Guevara, at the prime of his life and the height of his fame, went off to fight in the Congo. In that fleeting, anonymous passage through Africa, Che Guevara was to sow a seed that no one will destroy.” Gabriel García Márquez

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980429299
  • Publisher: Ocean Press
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 665,866
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernesto Che Guevara was 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 Guevara is 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.

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Table of Contents

Publisher’s note

Maps of the guerrillas’ zone of operations in the Congo

Che Guevara in Africa by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Foreword by Aleida Guevara

Author’s Preface: Initial warning

First Act
Second Act
First Impressions
The First Month
A Hope Dies
A Defeat
The Shooting Star
Winds from the West, Breezes from the East
Breaking Loose
Sowing the seed
Attempting pursuit
The Patient grows Worse
Taking the Pulse
The Beginning of the End
A Battle against time
Various Escapes
Disaster
The Whirlwind
A Stab in the Back
The Eastern Front sinks into a Coma
The Collapse

Epilogue

Notes

Appendix:
List of Cuban combatants

Glossary

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