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The Life and Times of Che Guevara

This is a compilation of information resources about Ernesto "Che" Guevara (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), an Argentine, revolutionary, physician, author, a leader, diplomat, a military theorist and a major figure in history.



Guevara remains both a revered and reviled historical figure, polarized in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, memoirs, essays, documentaries, songs and films. As a result of his perceived martyrdom, poetic invocations for class struggle and desire to create the consciousness of a "new man" driven by moral rather than material incentives,[16] Guevara has evolved into a quintessential icon of various leftist movements. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century,[17] while an Alberto Korda photograph of him, titled Guerrillero Heroico (shown), was cited by the Maryland Institute College of Art as "the most famous photograph in the world".[18]


There’s something about Che Guevara that convinces older European men that they will become cooler through association with his “brand.” We saw that again yesterday when Mercedes-Benz Chairman Dieter Zetsche launched a new car under a banner picture of Guevara. Years ago, an equally desperate Anglican clergyman tried to stem dwindling congregations with a poster of Guevara wearing a crown of thorns. The hip slogan? “Meek and Mild? As if.”

González, M. (2012). El Che: The Crass Marketing of a sadistic racist. Huffpost. The Blog.





Che Guevara Can Defend Himself 
Saving Che from eurocentricism

Sukant Chandan
Sons of Malcolm
21 March 2012

Like so many revolutionary icons of our history of struggle against imperialism, Che Guevara has been ripped of nearly all his content and belittled into a student culture icon, a face to pin on a t-shirt, bedroom wall or mug, all these things usually in the ownership of mugs.

Back in the late 1990s I held a new year's party with some friends in Southall, West London, and a white youth came with a Che t-shirt, I asked him if he knew who the person was, he said 'Charles Manson', apart from Manson obviously not being Che, Manson was an unhinged cult leader from the usa in the 1960s linked to all manner of wacky things.

Hero, lover, demon, fool: fictional appropriations of Che Guevara.

Rowlandson, William
Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, visiting Cuba in 1960, met Ernesto Guevara and were struck by his personal and political presence. Sartre praised Guevara as the embodiment of existential freedom, referring to his ability to be led by his own assertive will, and not by the will of others, and allegedly described him as 'the most complete human being of our age' (Anderson 1997a: 468). From the time of his death until the present, Guevara has been cast in a wide array of historical reconstructions with varying degrees of fictional distance from biographical historicity. In particular, he has repeatedly appeared as a fictional character in novels, sometimes showing an alarming degree of poetic licence, betraying strong ideological motivations behind the fiction. This article analyses the ironic relationship between Jean-Paul Sartre's praise of Guevara as someone who has fully embraced the freedom of being and the fictionalization or categorization of Guevara as a novelistic character. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

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Che Guevara

"Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world." Che

The Physician

Ernesto “El Ché” Guevara “ symbol of the Cuban Revolution and the communist and socialist thought of the XX century, is very well known for his political and guerrilla activities, but very little is known of his facet as a physician. Motivated by the curiosity of getting to know this side of the life and works of Ernesto Guevara, related with our profession, we researched different printed and electronic documents, on  his performance as a physician. For this, a summary of these aspects of his life were done in three stages: Ernesto, The Student: where  we mention his life as a medical student; Ernesto, The Physician: A summary of his beginnings as a physician and a few of his accomplishments in the area of scientific research, some of them in Mexico; and finally; El Che, Revolutionary Physician: Ernesto Guevara has converted himself in the Commandant “Che” Guevara, where some of his campaign memories are narrated that make references to doctors  and some of his medical-social thoughts, which are an important part of his legacy to Cuba. Key words : Ernesto Guevara, medicine, revolution.

Piñeiro R. y Villarreal, M. (2007). Ernesto Guevara, el médico. Etica, filosofía e historia de la medicina. Medicina Universitaria, 9 (37), 208-13.