CommentsI dont think it should be any great acomplishment to have Che on the Time's Magazine most influential people of the 20th Century. Actually he is in the company of another mass murderer (Hitler).
Posted by Big Al on 03/04 at 06:41 PM | #
Anyone who admires che or castro deserves a Good dose of communisim.
Posted by Lucky on 03/04 at 06:28 PM | #
Hello Ms. Soto:
Thank you for your comment. I suggest you read my book A Kiss For Señor Guevara, or if that's not satisfactory to you, that you read my translations to English of a few books by Pablo Neruda, just to calm your doubts about my abilities in the Spanish language. You can find them on my page at Red Room (www.redroom.com) I have read Guevara's diaries in Spanish, and it's interesting to me that, with the exception of portions of The Motorcycle Diaries, they are so unimaginatively written.
Posted by Terence Clarke on 03/04 at 04:18 PM | #
I had the unpleasant experience as a child of remembering the firing squads being shown in Cuban TV. Something I will never forget, also and most important how enormous crowd in the Jose Marti plaza..shouting "paredon, paredon", every time the maximum leader, the prime minister, the Fidel Castro, shouted ..asking..what is the punishment for these people ?, enemy of the revolution..the crowd answered back.."paredon, paredon"( firing squad). This was no movie..no Hollywood flick..this was real..
Posted by manuel on 03/03 at 11:59 PM | #
There are plenty of fictional films, articles and books written about che to satisfy those of left leaning tendencies. If you only spoke Spanish and read his real diary (not the make believe film by Robert Redford, which by the way is completely inaccurate) you would realize this man was a sadistic killer. He was also extremely prejudiced against Blacks and Amerindians. It never ceases to amaze me how people that didn't know him or weren't around when be butchered people, claim to know him better than those who lived through and after the "Cuban Revolution." I was 9 years old when I had the misfortune of coming face to face with this sociopath murderer. I don't need someone to tell me about che or what he has done. I saw it with my own eyes in 1959-1961. Children as young as I was were taken to watch these trials and executions. che guevara had no heart so there's no need to dwell on "a place where che guevara's heart exists," I know whatever there is of him is burning in Hell for all eternity.
Posted by Marcie Soto on 03/03 at 11:28 PM | #
A few weeks ago, Time magazine cited Che Guevara as one of the twenty-five most influential political icons world-wide of the last one hundred years. Influential, yes. Universally revered? That’s another story. If you live in Miami, for example, the name of Che Guevara is anathema. But if you are in the working class in Buenos Aires (or anywhere else in South America) he is a saint.
There could be a middle ground, though, a place where Che Guevara’s heart exists and is available for thoughtful examination. It’s a ground that, in Guevara’s case, has not much been populated. Fiction at its best is a vehicle for exposing the human heart. My favorite kind is that in which the hero goes from an emotional state of not-knowing to a state of knowledge, the novel itself being the description of that emotional discovery. Fiction has done this so often, and with such distinction, that many of the greatest examples of soulful exploration ever lie in the pages of novels, from Don Quixote to Dickens to Don Delillo and everywhere in between.
A recent survey on Wikipedia of fiction about Che Guevara, though, lists only a dozen books. Some have a right-wing political bent (William F. Buckley’s See You Later Alligator) and they can be disregarded right away because of that. The left-wing political stuff as well. With regard to both of these, political fiction is really political opinion done up with stylistic ribbons and bows, and not much else. Others of these twelve novels are just not very good. Jay Cantor’s fine The Death of Che Guevara goes a very long way toward exploring the emotional life of this very violent man. But for the most part, there’s little in fiction about Guevara that matters.
This despite the fact that there are many contemporary novels about other great historical figures that are very distinguished indeed: Gabriel García Marquéz’s The General in His Labyrinth about Simón Bolívar, Tomas Eloy Martinez’s The Perón Novel about Juan Domingo Perón and Hilary Mantel’s critically-acclaimed Wolf Hall, about Thomas Cromwell, to name a few. From these we know that it can be done.
For good or ill, Che Guevara deserves fine fiction. So, where are the novelists of this man’s soul, and when do we get to see their books?
(Terence Clarke’s most recent book, A Kiss For Señor Guevara, was published this July. www.akissforsenorguevara.com)
Posted by Terence Clarke on 03/03 at 08:25 PM | #
Libya is no Cuba, Gadaffi is no Castro or Che Guevara
Posted by Humberto Fontova on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:25 AM
The Red Terror had come to Cuba
“The only real power comes out of a rifle.” Joseph Stalin
“I have sworn before a picture of the old and mourned comrade Stalin that I won’t rest until I see these capitalist octopuses annihilated!” Che Guevara 1956.More...
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