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In his critically acclaimed epic first novel, Jay Cantor, author of Krazy Kat and Great Neck, draws on history, myth, and his own prodigious imagination to take on the life and death of revolutionary icon Che Guevara.
In his now famous progress through modern times, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the scion of a liberal Argentine family, abandoned a medical career to become a revolutionary. A fiery comrade of Fidel Castro’s who joined him in overthrowing the Cuban government of Baptista, Che later broke with Castro to lead a guerrilla movement in Bolivia. As the novel charts Che’s bold evolution, it also offers an incisive look at Latin America’s revolutionary struggles, an exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling, and a brilliant exegesis of the psychology of radical activisim.
“A remarkable feat of the sympathetic imagination. . . . A lucid, compassionate work . . . a profuse and powerful novel.” —The New York Times
“For the first time, an American imagination has joined in the dialogue wielded by Garcia Marquez, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa and others. . . . An extraordinary novel. . . . .An impressive achievement.” —The Los Angeles Times
“Clearly the work of an unusual literary intelligence . . . An immense, audacious and often brilliant first novel.” —The New York Review of Books
“A brave, mammoth fiction, shrewd and romantic in conception, dazzling and post-modernist in construction..One is left with a pan-American legend that Jay Cantor has reworked into a passionate haunting.” —The Boston Globe