Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War
|Author||Ernesto "Che" Guevara|
|Language||Spanish / translated into English|
Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War also titled Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War is an autobiographical book by Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara about his experiences during the Cuban Revolution (1956-1958) to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.
First published in 1963, it was the compilation of a series of articles by Guevara that had originally appeared in Verde Olivo, a weekly publication of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces (MINFAR).
The book was translated into English in 1968 as Reminiscences of the Revolutionary War, retranslated in 1996 as Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War, and again in 2005 as Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War.
"When Che Guevara cast his lot with Marxism and revolution the world of letters suffered an incalculable loss. Guevara is a brilliant, thoughtful writer. He is lucid, candid and revealing."
The Library Journal opined that the diary "reflects the life of an extraordinary and important man". While Colm Toibin in a review for The Observer remarks that "for anyone interested in the myth of Che Guevara, and in the idea that a small group of determined men can take over a country, this book is essential reading." Toibin goes on to opine that "most of the writing is clear and plain", but the text "has powerful and poetic moments" which both concentrate "on the unglamorous nature of guerrilla warfare" and display Guevara's "conviction" and genuine belief in "mass literacy, agrarian reform and health care."
- Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War - publisher comments at Powell Books
- Taking Havana: Review: Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War 1956-1958 by Ernesto Che Guevara by Colm Toibin, The Observer, February 25, 1996
- Full Text by the Che Guevara Studies Center and Ocean Press
- Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War by Monthly Review
- Che Guevara Describes "Baptism Of Fire" book excerpts by The Militant