​Authors who made history: Ernesto Guevara de la Serna

Some authors are just authors. They make writing as their profession and do what they do best, write. Some authors have a profession but write out of sheer passion. But this one is a bit different from all the others. He quit his profession, became a revolutionary, then became an author. Guess who?

It’s none other than Ernesto Guevara aka Che Guevara. Just imagine how cool the books written by a revolutionary would be? When I read The motorcycle diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta in Spanish) the first time, I was absolutely awestruck by his narration. It’s a memoir that traces the early travels of Che Guevara, when he was a 23-year-old medical student, and his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist. I’m a sucker for memoirs and this was the first memoir I’ve read. Let’s talk about the author now.

Before he became a revolutionary, he was a physician. He was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 14th, 1928. As a young medical student, he travelled across South America and was radicalized by the poverty and suffering of people. He then got involved in reforming Guatemala because of the capital exploitation of Latin America by the US.  He later went to Cuba with Fidel Castro to overthrow the Cuban dictator Batista and then rose to fame. He also held respectable positions in the newly formed government. Che left Cuba in 1965 to foment revolution in Congo and then in Bolivia. But he was captured in Bolivia by the Bolivian forces and then shot dead.

As I said earlier, he was an author too. He wrote books on guerrilla warfare. As an adolescent, he was into poetry and was fascinated by the works of Pablo Neruda and John Keats. There were more than 3000 books in his home library which made him an ecstatic reader. He wrote three books, namely The Motorcycle Diaries, Guerilla warfare andEpisodes of Cuban Revolutionary war.

He was a person that could use a gun and a pen with equal expertise. He became a legendary figure for socialists worldwide after his death.

Better to stand and die than to live on your knees.

Did I metion that they made a movie based on his Motorcycle diaries in 2004?? The movie’s name is Motorcycle diaries too. It even won Academy and BAFTA awards. 


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Bharath