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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This diary remained unpublished for decades because of its controversial content, but, like his other diaries, reveals Che's great literary gift, his razor-sharp intellect, his dry wit, and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  • Twenty-eight pages of unpublished photos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

Synopsis:

Che Guevaraand#8217;s intriguing account of his participation in the revolutionary war in the Congo, prior to the mission to Bolivia.

Synopsis:

The story of Che Guevaraand#8217;s year in Africa

Che Guevaraand#8217;s intriguing account of the revolutionary war in the Congo, filling in the missing chapter in his life. Prior to his fateful mission to Bolivia, in 1965 Che led a secret Cuban force that went to aid the African national liberation movement against the Belgian colonialists.

Now thoroughly revised by Cheand#8217;s widow Aleida March, this diary remained unpublished for decades because of its controversial content, but, like his other diaries, reveals Cheand#8217;s great literary gift, his razor-sharp intellect, his dry wit and brutal honesty.

and#147;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.and#8221; and#151;Nelson Mandela

and#147;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.and#8221;and#151;Gabriel Garcand#237;a Mand#225;rquez (foreword)

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.

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.

Table of Contents

Publisherand#8217;s note

Maps of the guerrillasand#8217; zone of operations in the Congo

Che Guevara in Africa by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Foreword by Aleida Guevara

Authorand#8217;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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780980429299
Author:
Guevara, Ernesto Che
Publisher:
Ocean Press (AU)
Author:
Guevara, Aleida
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Biography-Political
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 BandW photographs
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Che Guevaraand#8217;s intriguing account of his participation in the revolutionary war in the Congo, prior to the mission to Bolivia.
"Synopsis" by ,

The story of Che Guevaraand#8217;s year in Africa

Che Guevaraand#8217;s intriguing account of the revolutionary war in the Congo, filling in the missing chapter in his life. Prior to his fateful mission to Bolivia, in 1965 Che led a secret Cuban force that went to aid the African national liberation movement against the Belgian colonialists.

Now thoroughly revised by Cheand#8217;s widow Aleida March, this diary remained unpublished for decades because of its controversial content, but, like his other diaries, reveals Cheand#8217;s great literary gift, his razor-sharp intellect, his dry wit and brutal honesty.

and#147;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.and#8221; and#151;Nelson Mandela

and#147;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.and#8221;and#151;Gabriel Garcand#237;a Mand#225;rquez (foreword)

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