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Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image (Vintage Originals)

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"In Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image, Michael Casey reports that local peasant women who paraded by Che's corpse on October 9 with the permission of triumphant Bolivian officers 'surreptitiously clipped locks of hair from Che's head, saving themselves a future talisman.' A few weeks later, the journalist and novelist Jose Yglesias, reporting on Che's death for The Nation, indulged his readers with a different sort of memorabilia. Yglesias wrote that like the relics of St. Teresa of Avila, a sixteenth-century Carmelite nun and mystic, Che's hands 'may well be with us for a long time to strengthen the nonreligious but barefoot Order — like Saint Teresa's stoical Carmelites — of the guerrillas of South America.'" Maurice Isserman, The Nation (read the entire Nation review)

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In 1960, Cuban photographer Alberto Korda captured fabled revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara in what has become history's most reproduced photo. Now Michael Casey tells the remarkable story of this image, detailing its evolution from a casual snapshot to an omnipresent graphic—plastered on everything from T-shirts to vodka to condoms—and into a copyrighted brand. As Casey follows it across the Americas and through cyberspace, he finds governments exploiting it and their dissenters attacking it, merchants selling it and tourists buying it. We see how this image is, ultimately, a mercurial icon that still ignites passion—and a reflection of how we view ourselves.

About the Author

Michael Casey is the Buenos Aires bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and a frequent correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. A native of Perth, Western Australia, he has worked in numerous other countries as a journalist, including Thailand, Indonesia and the U.S. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and has an MA from Cornell University. He is married with two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307279309
Author:
Casey, Michael
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Casey, Michael J.
Subject:
Guevara, Ernesto
Subject:
Korda, Alberto
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Influence
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Photography-Anthologies and History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Original
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW PHOTO; 8 PAGES COLOR
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x .8 in .85 lb

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"Review A Day" by , "In Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image, Michael Casey reports that local peasant women who paraded by Che's corpse on October 9 with the permission of triumphant Bolivian officers 'surreptitiously clipped locks of hair from Che's head, saving themselves a future talisman.' A few weeks later, the journalist and novelist Jose Yglesias, reporting on Che's death for The Nation, indulged his readers with a different sort of memorabilia. Yglesias wrote that like the relics of St. Teresa of Avila, a sixteenth-century Carmelite nun and mystic, Che's hands 'may well be with us for a long time to strengthen the nonreligious but barefoot Order — like Saint Teresa's stoical Carmelites — of the guerrillas of South America.'" (read the entire Nation review)
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