Che Guevara’s Last Days
This narrative ties in with the 50th anniversary of the Che’s death (Oct. 9th, 1967), executed in the Bolivian hamlet of La Higuera after one year of a guerrilla war. Argentinian backpacker, motorcyclist from Patagonia to the Mexican jungle, Ernesto Guevara entered history in Cuba, where he fought as a guerrilla before he became a minister. But it is in Bolivia that the man became a myth. For almost a year, starting from his arrival in La Paz (Nov. 3rd, 1966) under an alias, helped only by a 40 troops, Che attempted to set fire to Latin America. “Never, in history, has a man undertaken such a huge task”, wrote Fidel Castro.
So as to recount this epic, Frédéric Faux relied on the writings of the guerrillas, including the famous Bolivia Diary by the Che. He met researchers as well as people close to the Che: Carlos Soria, who updated and studied Guevara’s diary; Loyola Guzman, who managed in La Paz the network of guerilla’s support. He spent one month in Nancahuaza zone, to meet witnesses: some Muyumpampa’s inhabitants who were Che’s soldiers; Gary Prado Salmon, the officer who captured him…
He tells about his trip to the terra guevarista, a story following closely the upheavals of the guerrillas, but also providing a sensitive, personal testimony on the Che’s last days.