Remembering Che: My Life with Che Guevara
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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.
tough guerrilla fighter. I was quite a pretty young woman, looking anything but a battle-ready combatant. My famous “first encounter” with Che has been somewhat embellished by many writers and journalists. In reality, it had nothing to do with fairy tales and Prince Charmings. Even though the Escambray Mountains are incredibly beautiful and the ideal setting for enchantment, those of us there at that time weren’t able to focus on the surrounding natural beauty. Some years had to pass before I
dressed and left with him. Alberto Castellanos went to collect Hilda at the airport. Che’s parents were also waiting for her. When I returned from the trip, Hilda and I were not introduced, but I did manage to catch a glimpse of her. My illusions about her vanished, and my ego was somewhat boosted. In no way could I consider her my rival. I also felt less guilty because it was clear from the letters Che had sent to his family from Mexico (when I wasn’t even in the picture) that his relationship
Caney de las Mercedes. If he thought there were problems, he would make a note and pass on the information to the relevant ministry. He would contact the campesinos in those areas, listening to their problems. There were some interesting cases, like that of Argelio Rosabal, a Baptist from Sierra Maestra. He had approached Che and his group just after they disembarked from the Granma. Argelio later asked for some land on which to build a church, and this was granted at the beginning of 1959.
Che had to rescue me again. He checked that I wasn’t injured, except for some scratches and torn pants, and went off to rescue the horse. I returned to the house on his horse. To test the effectiveness of his transformation into “Ramón,”7 Che went to visit a group of his former soldiers. I wasn’t allowed to go with him, because they might then guess the identity of the stranger. So I stayed hidden behind a window in order to watch their reactions. Che was introduced as a Spanish instructor, a
in showcasing studies and research on Che’s life and work is something I dreamed about for decades. The Center is also collaborating with Ocean Press and its sister Spanish-language project Ocean Sur in the publication of Che’s complete works, including thematic collections of his writings as well as his famous diaries, from his travels in Latin America as a medical student on a motorcycle through to his last Bolivian Diary. One of the Center’s priorities has been our community work and cultural