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Astonishing insight into the personal life of one of the most influential political icons of the 20th century All text and photos never before published Includes self-portrait photos, photos of his family taken by Che, and photos of Che taken by his wife Includes poetry by Che and letters to his family, including his final letters to his children Forthcoming Che films (The Motorcycle Diaries and Soderberg's biopic) will ensure continued "Che mania" Massive appeal, beyond the specialised audience with an interest in Latin American politics and history Self-Portrait, an intimate look at the man behind the icon, is a remarkable photographic and literary memoir, drawing on the rich seam of diaries, letters, poems, journalism and short stories Che Guevara left behind in Cuba. Unique among the many books about Che Guevara, Self-Portrait has been compiled in close collaboration with Che's family, using exclusive material from his family's private archives. Revealed for the first time is Che Guevara's personal world, unveiling his extraordinary candour, irony, dry humour and passion. The photographs, chosen from the Guevara family albums, bring to light a surprisingly sensitive and artistic edge of the legendary revolutionary. A dedicated amateur photographer, Che's own self-portraits and other photographs are a stunning feature of this book, as is the cover photo - selected by Che's life companion Aleida March.
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Table of Contents

1. Origins 2. The Journey Inside Argentina 3. The Journeys: First Glance at Latin America 4. The Journeys: Second Look at Latin America 5. Chronicles from the Sierra Maestra 6. Behind the Lens 7. Fielding Questions 8. Comrades-in-arms 9. Letters of Candor 10. An Exchange Between Poets 11. To My Children 12. Africa: Winds from the West and Breezes from the East 13. An Insatiable Reader: Literary Criticisms 14. Bolivia: With the Shield on My Arm, the Whole Fantasy 15. Image in Memory

About the Author

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born in Argentina in 1928. After training as a doctor, he travelled throughout Latin America. In 1955 he joined Fidel Castro in the movement that overthrew the Batista regime in Cuba. Guevara became a central leader of the Cuban revolutionary government up until his ill-fated guerilla expedition to Bolvia where he was captured and assassinated in October 1967 on the instructions of the CIA.

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