Che’s diary of his revolutionary struggle in Congo alongside Cuban guerrillas. Features a new introduction by Roberto Saviano alongside original intro by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and a Foreword by Aleida Guevara March.
“Che Guevara’s feats in our continent were of such magnitude that no prison or censorship could hide them from us. His life is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom.” —Nelson Mandela
“Che Guevara at the prime of his life and the height of his fame, went off to fight in the Congo. In that fleeting, anonymous passage through Africa, Che Guevara was to sow a seed that no one will destroy.” —Gabriel García Márquez
In April 1965, Che Guevara set out clandestinely from Havana to Congo to head a force of some 200 veteran Cuban soldiers to assist the African liberation movement against Belgian colonialists, four years after the assassination of the democratically elected socialist president of Congo, Patrice Lumumba. 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 planned future guerrilla movements. Unique among his books, Congo Diary gives us Che’s brutal honesty and his story-telling ability as he recounts this fascinating episode of guerrilla warfare unblinkingly and without sugar coating or jargon. Considered by some to be Che’s best book, it is also one of the few that he had a chance to edit for publication after writing it.
One of several groundbreaking political and travel diaries by Che.
With a new introduction by Roberto Saviano alongside original intro by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and a Foreword by Aleida Guevara March.
NEW SPANISH EDITION also available.
“Che” has held a cult status among young and radical thinkers around the world. This effort to reissue his and others works will revitalize the study of Che and Cuba and Latin America with access to all his books, some never before published in the US.
Part of a huge reissue of works by Che Guevara and other F and NF from Cuba and Latin America published in uniform editions with Ocean Sur, the only publisher granted access to the works and papers of Che by the Che Guevara Study Center in Havana.
A genuine inside view of Che’s effort—and ultimate failure—to create a guerilla movement in Congo.
Academic adoption and Library marketing
Marketing: Featured title at NCTE and NCSS
ARC available on Edelweiss
ADS for Guevara/Ocean Sur project in NYRB and LASA conference guide among others
Social media campaign
Publicity: Major Fall event with Aleida Guevara for the new Che Letters will boost the Diaries books.
Features on reissue of the three Diaries in major English and Spanish language media