Synopses & Reviews
For the first time, Aleida March evokes the memories of her partner, Ernesto Che Guevara. She describes their great romance and life together from the days when they first met as fellow guerrillas in Cuba's revolutionary war up to the tragic moment when she learned of Che's assassination in Bolivia less than a decade later.
As Che's widow, Aleida writes with passion and poignancy of their shared political dreams for the future and their family. Never before have readers been offered such an intimate insight into the man behind one of the great political symbols of our time.
- Includes one hundred intimate photos taken from the private family albums of Che with his children and his wife, including the last photos of Che and Aleida together when Che had disguised himself in preparation for his secret mission to Bolivia.
- Also includes facsimiles of postcards and letters Che sent to his family from abroad, as well as poems written to Aleida and a moving short story sent from Africa.
This book reveals Aleida's own great strength and courage as she came to terms with her private loss while under the international spotlight of millions of others who also mourned the death of a world-famous revolutionary, perhaps comparable to Yoko Ono after the death of John Lennon. She also describes her efforts to raise her four children as ordinary children despite their father's legendary status in Cuba and abroad.
Aleida March is currently the director of the Che Guevara Studies Center, Cuba.
"Che Guevara's widow continues her work to help folks see her late husband as a 'real person,' and not just a symbol of political revolution, in this slim but poignant memoir. Using stark prose, and without getting overly sentimental, she effectively shows Guevara as a man with 'great dreams' and a 'creative spirit,' who in addition to being an effective political leader, was a husband, lover, poet, and father of five. It's the first time March has written about her relationship with Guevara, who mere months after they met 'declared his love' while the two sat alone in a military jeep. 'Looking back, I think Che didn't exactly choose the best moment to declare his love.' Perhaps there are no 'best' moments for a couple during a revolution, but as the never-before-published letters and family photos show, the two clearly had many loving and intimate ones. The letters also help to portray another, less self-assured Guevara, as he writes in regard to his children with March: 'How difficult it will be for them one day to love me like a father and not regard me as some distant monster they are obliged to love.' Comprised of what March calls her 'most cherished memories,' the book is both a love story and a new, engaging perspective on the Cuban Revolution and one of its iconic leaders. Photos. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Che Guevara's widow reveals the story of a great revolutionary romance, tragically cut short by Cheand#8217;s assassination in Bolivia.
About the Author
Aleida March is the director of the Che Guevara Studies Center, Cuba. From a humble family background, she joined the Cuban revolutionary underground movement as a young teacher in Santa Clara, central Cuba. She met Che during the revolutionary war and they married in June 1959. She now lives with their four children and numerous grandchildren in Havana.