Ernesto “Che” Guevara by those who knew him…

Namely his two wives – firstly the Peruvian exile Hilda Gadea in “My Life with Che” and then his second wife  Aleida March in “Evocation” which remains, I believe, published only in Spanish (Evocacion).

I have been thinking about Che, his travels, his life, trying to find  images other than the iconic grizzly revolutionary, and reflecting that he was my age (39) when killed in Bolivia.  Very, very young!

I don’t know much about him, but I am struck by his principles and indeed his contradictions.  Apparently he instructed his second wife to give away any wedding gifts of value or ostentation and before going to Bolivia visited her and their four children disguised as an old man.

Anyway, Evocacion may be a very good reason to improve my Spanish, but I am pretty sure I would not wanted to have been his wife.  Probably a bit short on revolutionary ideals and somewhat high maintenance.

The Guevara family

The Guevara family

Posted on September 3, 2009, in Nostalgia and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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