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  • Published: 28 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241465103
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.00

The Motorcycle Diaries




An iconic bestseller: Che Guevara's account of his youthful adventures travelling around South America on his motorcycle

'All we could see was the dust on the road ahead and ourselves on the bike, devouring kilometers in our flight northward'

'In late 1951, Guevara and Alberto Granado set off on the 500cc Norton they nicknamed La Poderosa ('The Powerful One') with no other agenda than a lust for life and a desire to see it all. The Motorcycle Diaries offer a unique perspective on what led this would-be doctor from relatively affluent Argentina to become one of the 20th century's most important political figures ... genuinely exhilarating' Guardian
'For every comic escapade of the carefree roustabout there is an equally eye-opening moment in the development of the future revolutionary leader. By the end of the journey, a politicized Guevara has emerged to predict his own legendary future' Time

  • Published: 28 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241465103
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.00

About the author

Ernesto Che Guervara

Ernesto Che Guevara was born into a middle-class family in Argentina in 1928 and trained as a doctor, but became radicalized by the poverty and hunger he witnessed in South America. He played a key role in the Cuban revolution and served in Fidel Castro's government. He then travelled to Congo to support the rebellion there, and finally to Bolivia, where with a small, committed group he initiated a revolutionary movement and was captured and executed by Bolivian and US military forces in 1967.

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Praise for The Motorcycle Diaries

It's true; Marxists just wanna have fun...A revolutionary bestseller

Guardian

For every comic escapade of the carefree roustabout there is an equally eye-opening moment in the development of the future revolutionary leader. By the end of the journey, a politicized Guevara has emerged to predict his own legendary future

Time

The vision of the noble loner, whether freedom-fighter or biker...gives hope to world-weary revolutionaries and non-revolutionaries alike.

Telegraph

A Latin American James Dean or Jack Kerouac

Washington Post

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