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Translated from the Spanish by Marina Castaneda. By the time he was killed in the jungles of Bolivia, where his body was displayed like a deposed Christ, Ernesto "Che" Guevara had become a synonym for revolution everywhere from Cuba to the barricades of Paris. This extraordinary biography, by one of Latin America's leading political scientists, peels aside the veil of the Guevara legend to reveal the charismatic, restless man behind it.
Drawing on archival materials from three continents and on interviews with Guevara's family and associates, Castaneda follows Che from his childhood in the Argentine middle class through the years of pilgrimage that turned him into a committed revolutionary. He examines Guevara's complex relationship with Fidel Castro, and analyzes the flaws of character that compelled him to leave Cuba and expend his energies, and ultimately his life, in quixotic adventures in the Congo and Bolivia. A masterpiece of scholarship, Companero is the definitive portrait of a figure who continues to fascinate and inspire the world over.
"Important...scrupulously researched and masterfully written."
--The Chicago Tribune
"Jorge Castaneda's beautiful and passionate biography...makes Ernesto Guevara understandable at last, and his predicament deeply moving."
--The New Yorker
"Companero is outstanding...an exercise of the heart and the mind; penetrating enough to reach an impressive conclusion."
--Richard Eder, The Los Angeles Times
"Castaneda is the best of Che's biographers at reconstructing, seamlessly, the complicated, nuanced relationship [between Che and Fidel Castro]."
--Jean-Francois Fogel, Le Monde