This diary remained unpublished for decades because of its controversial content, but, like his other diaries, reveals Che's great literary gift, his razor-sharp intellect, his dry wit, and his brutal honesty. Because this diary deals with what Che admits was a "failure," he examines every painful detail about what went wrong in order to draw constructive lessons for future expeditions.
This publication of the complete Congo Diary has been thoroughly revised by Che's widow, Aleida March, and published in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center in Havana.
Features:Forewords by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ("Che Guevara in Africa") and Che's daughter, Aleida GuevaraTwenty-eight pages of unpublished photosExtensive notes and glossary explaining Swahili termsBackcover blurbs by Nelson Mandela and Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Unpublished for over fifty years, these dozen notebooks were the source material for the articles that comprise Che’s famous Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, on which Steven Soderbergh has based his movie Che: The Argentine.
Like Che’s Bolivian Diary, these daily reflections reveal as much about the author as they do about the events and individuals described. Che’s comments are always incisive, often highly self-critical, and sometimes brutally frank.
This book includes many new, unpublished photos from the private collection of Che’s widow Aleida March and a fascinating introduction by veteran Cuban revolutionary Armando Hart, who was the victim of Che’s pen in these diaries, but who later became one of his closest political collaborators.
As a new, unpublished work by Che Guevara, this book will attract considerable attention and will be published in English in spring 2009.