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The book of the new, two-partand#160;epic movieand#160;on Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro as the legendary revolutionary.
Director Steven Soderbergh has based his two-part movie "Che"and#160;(Part 1: The Argentine and Part 2: Guerrilla) on two classic diaries written by Che Guevara: Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War (an account of the guerrilla movement led by Fidel Castro that overthrew the Batista dictatorship in 1959) and Bolivian Diary (Cheandrsquo;s famous, unfinished diary discovered in his backpack when he was captured and killed in Bolivia in October 1967).
Che includes a selection from each book, showing the young Argentineandrsquo;s evolution from the wide-eyed medical student of the Motorcycle Diaries-era to the revolutionary hero the world knows as Che.
- Key excerpts from Cheandrsquo;s Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, his final Bolivian Diary, and his fiery address to the UN General Assembly, New York in December 1964.
- Cheandrsquo;s first encounter with Fidel Castro in Mexico, when he immediately commits himself to join the guerrilla expedition to Cuba.
- The dramatic moment when Che has to decide his future either as a doctor or a guerrilla fighter, symbolized by the choice of two backpacks: one with medicine, the other with ammunition.
- Cheandrsquo;s poetic letter to his parents before he sets out on the fateful Bolivia mission.
- Maps, chronology, and a useful glossary.
- 24 pages of original photos from the period
- Movie tie-in cover.
- Blurbs by Benicio del Toro and Steven Soderbergh.
Also published in Spanish this season is Che: Los Diarios de Ernesto Che Guevara, 978-1-921235-48-1.
Scheduled for release in fall 2007, The Argentine is the first episode of Steven Soderbergh's new two-part biopic on Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro as Che.
This book fills in the story after The Motorcycle Diaries, wherein young Ernesto is transformed from a wide-eyed traveler to the Cuban revolutionary hero the world knows as Che.
In a letter to his parents from Mexico in July 1955, Guevara writes:
One recent political event is meeting Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary, an intelligent young fellow who is very sure of himself and extraordinarily bold. I think we like each other
After this meeting, the young Argentine sets sail for Cuba aboard the Granma as the doctor of the small group of Cubans led by Castro who are planning to launch a guerrilla war. After two years of fighting, the Batista dictatorship falls and the revolutionaries march into Havana.
Highlights of the book include: Key excerpts from Che's Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War-the basis of Soderbergh's movie The Argentine The story of how Ernesto acquired the name Che A description of the moment Che has to choose between two backpacks: one with medicine, the other with ammunition Original photographs of the period, plus stills from the movie A movie tie-in cover Blurbs by Benicio Del Toro and Steven Soderbergh
This title will also be published in Spanish this season as El Argentino (978-1-921235-48-1)
The second movie in the series, Guerrilla, is based on Che's Bolivian Diary and will be released in summer 2008.
begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista."-Variety
This book of the movie The Argentineincludes key excerpts from Che Guevara's Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War-the basis of Steven Soderbergh's biopic-and a selection of Che's diaries, letters, articles, books, and photos, from the time when he sets out to "discover"Latin America as a wide-eyed medical student to his transformation into the revolutionary hero the world knows as Che.
Scheduled for release in September 2008, The Argentineis the first episode of Steven Soderbergh's new two-part biopic on Che Guevara starring Benicio del Toro as Che. The second movie, Guerrilla(based on Che's Bolivian Diary), will be released in the fall of 2008.
Features of The Argentineinclude:
- An explanation of how Ernesto acquired the name "Che"
- Thirty-six pages of original photos of the period plus stills from the movie
- Movie tie-in cover
- Blurbs by Benicio del Toro and Steven Soderbergh
Also published in Spanish this season is El Argentino(978-1-921235-48-1).
"Che symbolizes not selling out, staying true to what you believe in."--Benicio Del Toro
About the Author
One of Time magazine's "icons of the century, " Ernesto Che Guevara was born in Argentina and studied medicine. After meeting Fidel Castro in Mexico, he joined the revolutionary forces that overthrew the Batista dictatorship in Cuba. He later led guerrilla missions to Africa and Bolivia, where he was killed by CIA-backed forces.