Useful Notes: Che Guevara
It would take a thousand years and a million pages to write Che’s biography.Ernesto Guevara (1928-1967), better known by his nickname "Che", note was an Argentinian Marxist revolutionary who attained fame for his active role as a guerilla leader and strategist in the Cuban Revolution (in which he helped Fidel Castro to seize power from the United States-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista) and then later, his death in Bolivia, where he was arrested and executed by the Bolivian military with the aid of the CIA. He also took part in the Congo revolution, but it wasn't successful.. A photograph of Che by Alberto Korda became one of the most famous photographs during The Sixties, which thanks to the intense gaze of its subject along with his youth and good looks made him an Icon of Rebellion well into the 21st Century, reprints of said image created a profitable market for T-shirts with his face on it. Defending a socialist cause and being executed at a young age, Che Guevara has evolved into a symbol that represents both, "civil disobedience" and "political awareness" (The Other Wiki has several articles about him). More often than not, he is also used as the "Romantic Expression" of Guerilla Warfare: a tough but well-intentioned guy, willing to fight injustice (and American imperialism) over everything (one example is Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker). Often treated as a hero figure in many books, film, and TV shows alike. Lots of books, quite a few movies, and even an SNK Metal Slug-ish videogame called "Guevara" (dolled up in the USA as Guerrilla War) have been done about him.
—Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian journalist
Tropes as portrayed in fiction:
- Historical-Domain Character: He appears in a number of films, newsreel of his footage even appears in Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz. Most recently, Benicio Del Toro won acclaim for playing Che in a 2-part biopic by Steven Soderbergh.
Mr. gringo, my father, he ain't no Che GuevaraAnd he's fighting the war on the streets of MasayaLittle Indian girl, where's your father?Little Indian girl, where is your momma?They're fighting for Mr. Castro in the streets of Angola.
- Young Future Famous People: The book The Motorcycle Diaries, Guevara's memoir about his early life, made in a movie.
Hasta la victoria siempre