Masetti seems to have been a psychotic killer and an anti-semite: two Jews within the guerrilla ranks were killed by their own side. This was the dark strain of Argentine nationalism, with its origins in the right-wing Catholic milieu from which Masetti sprang. But the facts, gleaned and recounted by Anderson, leave a bitter taste. In Cuba, even after the victory, there were accounts to be settled. There he was in charge of many of the trials and executions of people closely involved with the repression of the Batista years.
Castro gave Guevara the task because he knew him to be a tough and unsentimental operator, and perhaps, too, because he was not a Cuban. Guevara saw it as a job that had to be done — to safeguard the revolution. He still had memories of Guatemala in After the fall of Arbenz he had complained, to a friend, about the false propaganda being spread by the Americans. Che consulted with me. But he was in charge, and, as military commander, his word was final.
We were in agreement on almost per cent of the decisions. In the end, Fidel put a stop to the wave of executions, after hearing of adverse reactions abroad. In June , he was sent off on a visit to the countries of the emerging Third World, signatories of the Bandung Pact of , a group that expressed its strong desire not to be aligned with the US or the Soviet Union. An almost accidental decision, it proved to be one of the defining moments of the revolution. The French war in Algeria was at its height; the British war at Suez was three years away; much of Africa was under European imperial control.
The United States was hungrily waiting for the old European colonies to fall into its lap. Judging correctly that Cuba would at some stage be politically isolated, Guevara began a search for allies, looking where no one had thought of looking before. He travelled for over three months to 14 countries, including Egypt, India, Indonesia and Yugoslavia. From the start, he was associated with the global aspirations of the revolution, and, with his gift for public speaking, he was the international voice of the new Cuba for the next five years. On his return to Havana, at the end of September, he started speaking out in favour of his new dream: revolutionary Cuba was to be a model not just for Latin America, but for Africa and Asia as well.
In that strange twilight era when protests against the French war in Algeria merged seamlessly into those against the American war in Vietnam, the possibility of such an alliance was one of the attractions that led so many to put their faith in Che. By now Fidel had found Guevara a proper job in Cuba.
As such, he was a focus of fierce controversy, both at home and abroad. Why did the windows have to be imported from Germany? Why were there so many lavatories? Why did it need elevators? The bank was never built, and the architect was soon on the plane to Miami. This was also the period when Guevara became the cynosure of an endless stream of visiting intellectuals from Western Europe, Latin America and the US, many of them invited by Carlos Franqui, one of the great propagandists of the Cuban revolution, who went into exile in Italy in Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, C.
In the autumn of , in search of economic agreements, Guevara made his first visit to the Soviet Union. Anderson reveals that there had already been contacts with the Russians during his tour of the Third World in Fidel wanted to sell sugar to the Soviet Union, and to that end Guevara embarked on secret negotiations with the Russians in Cairo. These were the first formal contacts between Cuba and the Soviet Union. Now, in November , the contact was very much out in the open as Guevara stood next to Khrushchev at the annual anniversary parade in Red Square.
This was his first experience of the Communist world, seeking deals on sugar exports after the Americans had pulled out of their agreements. The Russians at that moment had more important matters to consider. Guevara had journeyed to Moscow and Beijing just as the Sino-Soviet dispute was about to become an open split.
Guevara had arrived in Moscow with hopes of securing support for his ambitious industrialisation programme. He believed that the Russians were wealthy enough simply to provide the steelworks and car factories that Cuba required to escape from its colonial sugar economy. Che played no great role during the fighting; he had military responsibility for an area of the island where nothing significant happened. The landings further radicalised the revolution.
But this is well-trodden ground, and there is little new material.
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Many Latin American governments were still run by civilians, and under popular pressure to extend the hand of friendship to Cuba. But the American dollar proved a more conclusive argument for all but Mexico.
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Government after government broke off relations with Cuba, until the island was almost entirely isolated. In the years that followed, many of these governments succumbed to military take-over. As the continent united against Cuba, Havana embarked on a programme of guerrilla insurrection in Latin America.
By the spring of , Guevara was overseeing the work of a new bureau. Juan Carreterro, a Cuban intelligence officer code-named Ariel, has given Anderson some of the details. The following year he moved to the Cuban Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia being one of the few countries that had not, at that stage, severed diplomatic relations. Argentina became a revolutionary priority for Guevara after the military overthrow of President Frondizi in March The northern marches of the country, along the Bolivian border, looked well suited for a guerrilla war — Guevara had biked through the area in He settled on Jorge Masetti as the leader.
An Argentine journalist who had interviewed him in the Sierra Maestra during the Cuban war, Masetti had been instrumental in setting up the Cuban news agency, Prensa Latina, recruiting many Latin American writers to its corps of reporters and analysts, but had fallen foul of the Moscow-line Communists, both in Cuba and in Argentina. Guevara sought further advice about conditions in Argentina from his old motor-cycling companion, Alberto Granado.
Before the year was out, however, he was embroiled in the missile crisis. Of all the Cuban leadership, Guevara was the most enraged when the Russians caved in and withdrew the missiles. They are all distressed by the actions of the Soviet Union. Many groups have split. We did everything possible to avoid Cuba being destroyed. We recognise your disposition to die beautifully, but we do not think it worthwhile to die beautifully We have given a lot of backing to Cuba in the material and moral sense, and in the military sense as well.
Think for a moment. Are we helping you out of our overabundance?
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Of course we want to preserve the socialist base in Latin America. You were born as heroes before the situation in Latin America had ripened, and the socialist camp still does not have full capacity to help you. We have given you ships, weapons, technicians, fruit and vegetables. The day will come when we will overcome out enemies.
But we do not want a beautiful death. But Guevara was right to emphasise the extent of the public relations disaster. The missile crisis was to lead to the final disaffection of the Chinese, the fatal split in the Latin American Left and the downfall of Khrushchev. In the aftermath of the crisis, Guevara returned to the Argentine project.
There is no doubt that he was planning to participate in it himself. Although he did not abandon Cuba until , the seeds of his disillusionment, and his desire to move on, had clearly been sown during Senior Cuban officers took part in the Argentine expedition — as they would later in the Congo and Bolivia. Ben Bella was in Havana during the missile crisis, and was an influential intermediary during the Cuban intervention in the Congo. Then, in May , a small guerrilla troop of Cubans and Argentines — accompanied by two Algerians — arrived in eastern Bolivia. They established themselves on a farm close to the Argentine border.
As usual, almost everything that could go wrong did. The Argentine venture was not a one-off. In the same month, a Cuban-trained group of Peruvian guerrillas crossed from Bolivia into Peru. At the Peruvian border town of Puerto Maldonado, the guerrillas met with disaster. The Peruvian Army was waiting for them, there was an ambush, and the surviving guerrillas were forced to retreat into the bleak territory of the Madre de Dios. This was bad news for the embryonic Argentine guerrilla movement. In July, there was a further setback. The guerrillas had planned to spearhead a campaign against the military dictatorship.
But the military not only decided to hold elections: they allowed the successful candidate, Arturo Illia of the Radical Party, to take power. Argentina suddenly seemed infertile ground for a guerrilla struggle against dictatorship. They had struggled for years for legality, and were now enjoying a modicum of freedom to organise. They had no desire to exchange these obvious gains for a rash, insurrectionary adventure.
Anderson found him living out a long and sad exile in Moscow, one of the few foreign Communists still bunkered down in the former Soviet capital. Monje also recalls a conversation with Guevara from the pre-Bolivia period. He had solid support from Cuba, but was never able to secure the political backing in Argentina or Bolivia — from the Communist Parties or indeed from anyone else — that Fidel had had in Cuba from his 26 July Movement.
The failure of the Argentine guerrilla foco left Guevara high and dry. He had planned to join it: now he had nowhere to go. A revolutionary movement in the Congo, led by survivors of the Government of Patrice Lumumba, had begun operating earlier that year. It was supported by the Soviet Union and China, and by a number of radical African states. The Cubans had been kept fully informed about it by Ben Bella and other Algerian contacts. They decided to send an expeditionary force. It did not seem remotely probable to anyone who knew Cuba at the time, and it receives little support in the new biographies.
Yet one crucial source is missing from all these books. El gran ausente is Fidel Castro himself, who was not available for interview. His closeness to Guevara, and the respect and admiration the two men felt for each other, have been well-documented in his own speeches and writings. The Cuban revolution was a family affair. The guerrilla projects in Africa and Latin America were Cuban projects that Guevara participated in, rather than personal adventures undertaken by Guevara, which the Cubans happened to support.
The details of the Congo war, unknown five years ago, receive a lot of attention in the biographies, and make depressing reading. There was a real possibility of success for the Congolese liberation struggle in By , it had been all but destroyed. When political support from outside was withdrawn at the end of , Che returned to Dar-es-Salaam, wrote up his diaries, and flew to a Cuban safe house in Prague to consider his next move.
His ambition, as ever, was fixed on Argentina. La segunda parte cuenta en minutos como el Che , en la cuspide de su fama y poder, desaparece de Cuba y reaparece de incognito en Bolivia, donde organiza a un pequeno grupo de camaradas cubanos y reclutas bolivianos para comenzar lo que el denominaba "la gran revolucion latinoamericana".
Benicio, polifacetico y arriesgado: un desafio: el actor nacido en Puerto Rico enfrenta en "Che" uno de los papeles mas complejos de su carrera. Fue nominado en Espana para la entrega de los Goya y confiesa no entender por que esta produccion fue marginada en las premiaciones locales. Bands are all set for the battle. El paradigma de la labor llevada a cabo por la revista nos lo muestra el ejemplo del Che, el relato de su infancia en Argentina, revelado en "Cuando el Che era Ernestito". Choucino, Ana Rosa edc. That same summer, Cuban photographer Alberto Korda snapped a more flattering portrait of El Che , long hair topped by a perfectly placed black beret and flowing in the winds of change, gaze resolutely focused on anti-imperialist struggle.
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Ernesto goes to the movies: The Motorcycle Diaries, brought to the screen by Robert Redford, shows us the young, pre-revolutionary Guevara. See details. Buy It Now. Add to cart. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Synopsis There is certainly no shortage of biographies written about Che Guevara--ever since his death in , a few more are published each year in countries across the world.
Why the lingering interest in someone who died almost half a century ago, in an obscure corner of an impoverished region of South America? How can this nearly mythical figure survive when the ideals he lived and died for seemed to die with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the USSR in ?
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