Diary of a Combatant: The Diary of the Revolution that Made Che Guevara a Legend

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The publication of this title by Ocean Sur in Spanish in July 2011 provoked considerable international attention (including CNN). This never-before-published diary (comprising a dozen small notebooks) Ernesto Che Guevara kept during the guerrilla war in Cuba when he joined the struggle to overthrow the Batista dictatorship that led to the 1959 revolution has now been meticulously transcribed by his widow, Aleida March.

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Overview

The publication of this title by Ocean Sur in Spanish in July 2011 provoked considerable international attention (including CNN). This never-before-published diary (comprising a dozen small notebooks) Ernesto Che Guevara kept during the guerrilla war in Cuba when he joined the struggle to overthrow the Batista dictatorship that led to the 1959 revolution has now been meticulously transcribed by his widow, Aleida March.

Why did it take over fifty years for this diary to be published? Maybe because of some caustic comments Che makes in his usual brutally frank style. Maybe it was felt appropriate to wait until Fidel Castro had produced his own memoirs (now published by Ocean Press as The Strategic Victory).

In launching the book in Havana in July 2011, editor María del Carmen Ariet marked that it was "never clear whether or not Che wanted these diaries published" as he had reworked several pieces into his famous Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, on which Steven Soderbergh based part one of his epic movie Che, starring Benicio Del Toro.

Nevertheless, all Che's diaries—from his early Motorcycle Diaries and its sequel, Latin America Diaries, through to his last diary from Bolivia—are extraordinary examples of his literary gift and his political incisiveness, in terms of his personal reflections, his criticisms and self-criticism, and his observations about others and events.

Other features of this new book are fifty-eight unpublished photos from Che's personal archive and unpublished letters (including correspondence between Che and Fidel), an index, and extensive glossary.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/15/2014
Ocean Press takes another step in completing its Che Guevara publishing project with the release of this set of notebook diaries Che kept during his time as a guerrilla in Cuba from December 1956 through the end of 1958 in the Sierra Maestra mountains and beyond. Previously published in Spanish in 2011, as transcribed by his widow, Aleida March, this title contains Che's brief notations from seven small notebooks, one of which is missing (mid-August 1947 through mid-March 1958). He never edited the entries. His brief, fluid writings represent his actions and thoughts during this pivotal era of the Cuban Revolution. He made use of parts of these writings when he wrote Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War (1963, translated from Spanish in 1968). When this work is combined with Che's other writings, the real Guevara comes into focus as a revolutionary, a leader—and a remarkable figure. Editor Ariet has included a useful chronology and a most helpful biographical glossary, detailing many of the names Che introduces in these diaries. There is also a handful of miscellaneous documents but one single map—additional detailed maps would have greatly enhanced the presentation. VERDICT Taken alone the volume is valuable; as a part of Che's extensive writings it is indispensable.—Boyd Childress, formerly with Auburn Univ. Libs., AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780987077943
  • Publisher: Ocean Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 995,275
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Che Guevara was the legendary Argentine-born guerrilla fighter who joined the Cuban revolutionary movement that toppled the Batista dictatorship in 1959. 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. His life has been dramatized in two recent popular movies: “The Motorcycle Diaries” (directed by Walter Salles, starring Gael García Bernal) and Steven Soderbergh’s epic “Che” (starring Benicio Del Toro).

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