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The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America

Guevara, Ernesto Che

Published by Verso, 1995
ISBN 10: 1859849717 / ISBN 13: 9781859849712
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Title: The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around ...

Publisher: Verso

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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New York. 1995. Verso. 1st American Edition. Some Slight Wear To Corner Edges, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Translated from the Spanish by Ann Wright. Rare. 155 pages. hardcover. Cover designed by The Senate. 1859849717. keywords: Travel Latin America Politics Ernesto Che Guevara. inventory # 20917. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorbike. The journey would last six months and would take them thousands of miles, all the way up from Argentina to Venezuela. En route there would be disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, fights, parties and a lot of serious drinking. They would meet an extraordinary range of people: native indians and copper miners, lepers, police, wanderers and tourists. They would become stowaways, firemen and football coaches; they would join in a strike. They would sometimes fall in love, and frequently fall off the motorbike. Both of them kept diaries. One of them was a tall and good-looking medical student called Ernesto Guevara de la Sema. Using the standard Argentinean nickname, others would sometimes refer to the two companions as Big Che and Little Che. In Ernesto’s case, the nickname stuck. Within a decade the whole world would know Che Guevara. This is the story of that remarkable journey, eight years before the Cuban revolution, in Che’s own words, and illustrated with rare contemporary photographs. For Che it was a formative experience, and amidst the humor and pathos of the tale, there are moving examples of his idealism and his solidarity with the poor and oppressed. But it is far from being the diary of a militant and sometimes very far from being ‘politically correct’, which may be the reason that the manuscript has only been made available now, a quarter century after Che’s death in the Bolivian jungle. Instead it is a vivid record kept by an exuberant, intelligent and acutely observant 23-year-old, describing what might have been the adventure of a lifetime - had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure. ‘A Journey, a number of Journeys. Ernesto Guevara in search of adventure, Ernesto Guevara in search of America, Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this journey of Journeys, solitude found solidarity, I turned into we.’ - EDUARDO GALEANO. ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA was born in Argentina in 1928. After fighting alongside Fidel Castro in the three-year guerrilla war In Cuba, he became Minister for Industry following the victory of the Cuban revolution. In 1966 he established a guerrilla base in Bolivia. He was captured and killed in 1967. ANN WRIGHT, the translator, has a doctorate in Cuban history and lived and worked in Argentina for six years. Her translations include Verso’s bestselling I, RIGOBERTA MENCHU. (original title: Notas de viaje, 1992). Some Slight Wear To Corner Edges, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 20917

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Synopsis: In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorbike. The journey lasted six months and took them thousands of miles, all the way from Argentina to Venezuela. En route, there was disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, fights, parties and a lot of serious drinking. They met an extraordinary range of people: native indians and copper miners, lepers, police, wanderers and tourists. They became stowaways, firemen and football coaches, and joined in a strike. They sometimes fell in love, and frequently fell off the motorbike. Both of them kept diaries. One of them was a tall and good-looking medical student called Ernest Guevara de la Serna. Using the standard Argentinean nickname, others would sometimes refer to the two companions as Big Che and Little Che. In Ernesto's case, the nickname stuck. Within a decade the whole world would know Che Guevara. This is the story of that remarkable journey, eight years before the Cuban Revolution, in Che's own words, and illustrated with contemporary photographs. For Che, it was a formative experience, and amidst the humour and pathos of the tale, there are examples of his idealism and his solidarity with the poor and the oppressed. But it is far from being the diary of a militant, and sometimes very far from being "political correct", which may be the reason that the manuscript has only been made available now, a quarter century after Che's death in the Bolivian jungle. Instead, it is a record kept by an exuberant, intelligent and observant 23-year-old, describing what might have been the adventure of a lifetime - had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.

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