Item #5439 The Motorcycle Diaries. Ernesto Che Guevara, Ann Wright.

The Motorcycle Diaries. A Journey Around South America

London: Verso, 1995. 1st Edition In English. Small octavo, publisher’s black cloth, spine stamped in silver, gray endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.

"Unless you actually know the landscape my diary photographed, you've no option but to accept my version. I now leave you with myself; the man I once was." First edition in English of Argentine-Cuban Marxist guerilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara’s memoir. Providing an intimate look into his life before he became a revolutionary icon, this account details a life-changing trip he took with his friend up the spine of South America from Cordoba, Argentina. The 8000-mile trip had a profound effect on Guevera, who was a medical student at the time. The poverty, exploitation, and persecution he witnessed on the odyssey is largely responsible for his politicization. Shortly after graduating medical school in 1955, he would meet Fidel Castro and join the Cuban Revolution. This edition was published by radical press Verso Books during the 1990s Che revival. The book was an unexpected hit and went through four printings and sold 50,000 copies (Verso was accustomed to printing and selling an average of 5000 copies of a given title). Of the memoir’s success, Verso's managing director stated, "As the possibility of real political change recedes, people do need symbols of resistance; it makes them feel better, and Che is that par excellence." Illustrated with black-and-white photos of Che, images he took on his journey, and other ephemera. Translated by human rights activist Ann Wright; with a preface by Che’s father, Ernesto Guevara Lynch. Originally published in Italy in 1993. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #5439


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