The Awakening of Latin America: A classic anthology of Che Guevara's writing on Latin America

The Awakening of Latin America: A classic anthology of Che Guevara's writing on Latin America


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The Awakening of Latin America: A classic anthology of Che Guevara's writing on Latin America by Ernesto Che Guevara

The name Che Guevara is synonymous with Latin America. This classic anthology on Latin America shows the Argentine-born revolutionary’s cultural depth, rigorous intellect and intense emotional engagement with a continent and its people.

Selected from his family’s personal archives, this book offers the best of Che’s writing: examples of his journalism, essays, speeches, letters and even his poetry, revealing the evolution of an extraordinary mind from that of an impressionable young medical student to the “heroic guerrilla,” brutally assassinated in Bolivia.

This anthology of Che Guevara's writing on Latin America is destined to become an instant classic comparable to Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America.

“I consider my country to be not only Argentina but the entire Americas.”
—Ernesto Che Guevara

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780980429282
Publisher: Ocean Press
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 514
Sales rank: 369,789
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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.

Maria del Carmen Ariet García is the world’s leading researcher on the life and works of Che Guevara. She is the coordinator of the Che Guevara Studies Center (Havana) that is headed by Che’s widow, Aleida March. María del Carmen led the investigation that ultimately succeeded in finding Che Guevara’s remains in Bolivia in 1997, 30 years after his assassination.

Table of Contents

Ernesto Che Guevara: Biographical Note 1

Chronology of Ernesto Che Guevara 3

Editor's Preface 10

Introduction María del Carmen Ariet García 11

Part 1 Discovering Latin America 1950-56

Introduction 28

Travels in Argentina (1950)

Excerpts from "The Bicycle Diaries" 29

First Trip through Latin America (1951-52)

Excerpts from "The Motorcycle Diaries" 41

A Second Look at Latin America (1953-56)

Excerpts from "Latin America Diaries" 69

Doctors and their Environment

The Role of the Doctor in Latin America 89

Reading Notes

Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España by Bernal Díaz del Castillo 95

La crónica del Perú by Pedro Cieza de León 97

La araucana by Alonso de Ercilla 99

Facundo (Civilización o barbarie) Domingo F. Sarmiento 102

El Evangelio y el Syllabus y Un dualismo imposible by Dr. Lorenzo Montúfar 104

Martín Fierro by José Hernández 105

Obras escogidas by Enrique Gómez Carrillo 110

Martí: Raíz y ala del libertador de Cuba by Vicente Sáenz 111

Breve historia de México by José Vasconcelos 112

Trayectoria de Goethe by Alfonso Reyes 114

La rebelión de los colgados by Bruno Traven 115

Biografía del Caribe by Germán Arciniegas 117

Mamita Yunai by Carlos Luis Fallas 118

Canto General by Pablo Neruda 120

Guatemala: la democracia y el imperio by Juan José Arévalo 128

El hechicero by Carlos Solórzano 129

Journalism (1953-54)

"The View from the Banks of the Giant of Rivers" 130

"Machu-Picchu: An Enigma in Stone of the Americas" 137

"The Dilemma of Guatemala" 143

"The Workers of the United States: Friends or Enemies?" 146

Poems (unpublished)

To the Bolivian Miners 150

Who Cares? 151

Spain in America 152

A Tear for You 155

Invitation to the Road 156

Uaxactún… Sleeps 157

Selected Letters (1953-56) 159

Books Read in Adolescence 180

Part 2 Latin America from Within (1956-65)

Introduction 192

1956-58: The Revolutionary War in Cuba


"How Cuban the World Seems to Us" 193

"Our Soul is Full of Compassion" 194


Interview by the Argentine Journalist Jorge Ricardo Masetti 196



Latin America from the Afro-Asian Perspective 205


Speech to the College of Medicine, Havana 208


Interview for Radio Rivadavia, Argentina 211

Letter 215



"Regional Disarmament and Other Acts of Submission" 216

"Don't be Stupid, Buddy, and Other Warnings" 218

"Knee Bends, International Organizations and Genuflections" 220

"Caracero, the Argentine Vote and Other Rhinoceroses" 222

"Ydígoras, Somoza and Other Proofs of Friendship" 224

"The Marshall Plan, the Eisenhower Plan and Other Plans" 227

"Nixon, Eisenhower, Hagerty and Other Warnings" 229

"Accusations at the OAS and United Nations and Other Stabs" 231

"The 'Court of Miracles' and Other Devices used by the OAS" 233

"A Tiny Bit is a Big Enough Sample and Other Short Stories" 235


Speech to the Latin American Youth Congress, Havana 237

In Support of the Declaration of Havana, Camagüey 249

Farewell to the International Volunteer Work Brigades 262

Selected Letters 269



Cuba: Historical Exception or Vanguard in the Anticolonial Struggle? 276


"Economics Cannot be Separated from Politics." First intervention at the CIES Conference, Punta del Este 291

"The Real Road to Development." Second intervention at the CIES Conference, Punta del Este 328

Cuban Television interview about the Alliance for Progress and the CIES Conference in Punta del Este 337

Letter 365



"Tactics and Strategy for the Latin American Revolution" 366

"El Patojo" 379


The Cuban Revolution's Influence in Latin America 383

Speech to the Argentines Living in Havana 404



"Guerrilla Warfare: A Method" 412

Letter 428



Response to the Attacks against Cuba in the UN General Assembly, New York 429

Letter 441

Reading Lists (Cuba 1956-65) 443

Part 3 The Americas United: Revolutionary Internationalism (1965-67)

Introduction 448

Congo Diary. Excerpt from the epilogue 449

Message to the Tricontinental: "Create two, three…many Vietnams" 451

Bolivian Diary. Excerpts 457

Documents from Bolivia

Communiqué No. 1: To the Bolivian People (March 27, 1967) 481

Communiqué No. 2: To the Bolivian People (April 14,1967) 483

Communiqué No. 3: To the Bolivian People (May 1967) 484

Communiqué No. 4: To the Bolivian People (June 1967) 485

Communiqué No. 5: To the Bolivian Miners (June 1967) 486

Instructions to Urban Cadres (January 22, 1967) 488

Reading Lists (1965-67) 495

Reading Plan for Bolivia 500

Index 505

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From the Publisher

The powerful of the earth should take heed: deep inside that T-shirt where we have tried to trap him, the eyes of Che Guevara are still burning with impatience. —Ariel Dorfman

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