The Motorcycle Diaries
Notes on a Latin American journey
Ernesto Che Guevara
Preface by Aleida Guevara
A New York Times bestseller, this is the book of the popular movie “The Motorcycle Diaries,” directed by Walter Salles and starring Gael García Bernal as the young Che Guevara—or Ernesto, as he was at the time. These lively and highly entertaining travel diaries are illustrated with photos from the original journey and mark the starting point of the young Argentine medical student’s transformation into one of the 20th century’s most enduring revolutionary icons.
Che’s daughter Aleida writes in her preface to this book: "When I read these notes for the first time, I was quite young myself and I immediately identified with this man who narrated his adventures in such a spontaneous manner… There were moments when I literally took over [Alberto] Granado’s place on the motorbike and clung to my dad’s back, journeying with him over the mountains and around the lakes… To tell you the truth, the more I read, the more I was in love with the boy my father had been…”
Published in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center, Havana.
It's about a journey of discovery that becomes one of self-discovery as well. It's about the emotional and political choices we all have to make in life. It's also about friendship, about solidarity. Finally, it's about finding one's place in the world—one that's worth fighting for.
—Walter Salles, director of “The Motorcycle Diaries”
A journey, a number of journeys. Ernesto Guevara in search of adventure, Ernesto Guevara in search of America, Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this journey of journeys, solitude found solidarity, 'I' turned into 'we'.
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 Che Guevara has emerged to predict his own revolutionary future.
There is pathos in these pages—the pathos of Che himself, ever thoughtful, ever willing to sacrifice all, burning with guilt over his own privileges and never letting his sufferings impede him.