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Friday, November 02, 2007


40 years after his death, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara remains a ubiquitous symbol of anti-imperialism, defiant martyrdom and radical chic. Biographer Jon Lee Anderson explains Che’s ongoing appeal and the struggle to add flesh to the bones of an enduring myth.

Comments [4]

O. Mogalag from Toronto

For me the che’s face means death, this guy could have been intelligent or disciplined but his face has been the excuse for the most terrible crimes committed in Colombia. I’m Canadian but I was raised in that latin-American country watching how illegal armies like farc-ep kills innocent people everyday while waving flags with the face of Che Guevara.

Nov. 11 2007 10:33 AM
Tom from St. Paul, Minn.

Jon Lee Anderson's book is an inspirational piece of journalism. He really does set the record straight. For god's sake, he found Che's body! It is amazing with all the t-shirts and posters, how few people actually know who Ernesto Guevara was. Sartre said Che was the most complete man he'd ever met, which was, in turn his weakness as a person. He was too disciplined, too good at actually carrying out his plans and theory. That is a historical lesson of Che that Anderson points out so well.
Marxism or Maoism aside, his campaign in the Sierra Maestra against Batista's army was remarkable. The fact that Che's appeal crosses ideology is no surprise. The neo-nazi thing was definitely a head-scratcher.

Nov. 06 2007 03:13 AM
Andrew Sleeth from Raleigh, North Carolina

I'd encourage Che worshipers to watch Cuban-born actor/director Andy Garcia's rather underrated film, "The Lost City." His portrayal of Guevara is anything but flattering.

Nov. 03 2007 04:26 PM
Ronnie from Columbus, Ohio

I was in Cuba in 2001 and was astounded by the entire population's worshipping of Che. His face was everywhere including on the side of a 5 story building. It was obvious that the legend surrounding him had elevated him to some sort of god-like being. It was difficult to get anyone to talk specifics re: Che. When his name was spoken all faces were awe struck, hands were clasped as in prayer and no one spoke. It seems that his legacy has surpassed his actual life's accomplishments and there is no telling how far this adoration will go.

Nov. 03 2007 02:09 PM

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