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"Savaş çağrımız kulaktan kulağa yayılacaksa ve silahlarımızı almak için başka eller uzanacaksa, ölüm nereden gelirse gelsin, hoş geldi, safa geldi."

İleri Yayınları, tüm dünya devrimcilerinin kendisine örnek aldığı devrimci lider Che Guevara'nın bütün eserlerini Türk okuyucusunun hizmetine sunu-yor. Che'nin askeri yazılarından siyasi yazılarına, önemli konuşmalarından mektu
Paperback, 267 pages
Published 2005 by İleri Yayınları (first published 1967)
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Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2014
Che Guevara waas more than just an icon on a T-shirt, in his time he was a real revolutionary who played a key part in the Cuban revolution and was aiming to overthrow South American dictatorships to free the people.

This book is a translation of the diary that he wrote when he was in Bolivia with a small team of revolutionaries. It is written with daily notes and reports on their progress as they move through the jungle, avoiding the army that is looking for them and talking to the peasants to g
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four
An introduction from Fidel Castro and the final diary of a figure like Guevara? It would qualify as worth a read on the back of that alone.

The accompanying notes are very helpful as a Who's Who as you read through - I found myself referring to it frequently to keep on top of this.

If you're looking to learn about the Guevara's history, there will be better books to start on. If, however, you want to get into the man's head, then what better place than his diary. It strikes me as honest and it's
This diary is full of interest - Che wrote a daily journal from his arrival in Bolivia to start a new revolution, one planned to eventually include the whole of South America. Che shows his humanity is noting birthdays of his family, his single mindedness in the revolution, his ability to maintain the spirits of his troops, his anger when people failed in their duties and his fairness to Army soldiers he captured.
The small band of rebels at times suffered hunger, thirst, illness and petty jealou
Timm DiStefano
Jul 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hadn't read any material on Che or had a personal opinion about the man before reading excerpts from his journals. I can only dream to have an ounce of the passion he had in the face of injustice and oppression.

A few bits that stood out while reading..

"This might have been the first time I was faced literally, with the dilemma of choosing between my devotion to medicine and my duty as a revolutionary soldier. There at my feet, was a backpack full of medicine and a box of ammunition. They were to
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The diaries give a facinating picture into the unromantic life of a guerilla freedom fighter, but it also shows some of the diffriculties, in training, supplying and administering a guerilla army in a fight for freedom in the jungles of South America. It was very sad to be reading this diary knowing that Che would never be allowed to finish his work because the CIA led Bolivian army mercenaries assassinated him and hid his body. Out of all of his diaries, I enjoyed the Motorcyle Diaries the bes ...more
Do not read the intro by Fidel Castro unless you want to get killed by war-cries against antirevolutionaries and pure propaganda. I did read it. Cost me a headache.
It's hard to say what do I think about this book. It's not really a book. It's a diary. I took it with hope to find some ideas, some ideals and to make a better picture of Che, without the propaganda and his icons. I didn't.
Well, it's just an account of him and his comrads trying to get a revolution going on. At first you get bored
Around the World = Bolivia

The Bolivian Diary of Ernesto "Che" Guevara details the 11 months of the guerilla campaign for the liberation of Bolivia, until the day before his death. Found amongst Che's posessions following his capture and execution by the Bolivian Army, and thus not rewritten for publication, it soberly describes campaign efforts. Preparing trails and provisioning expeditions; recruiting fighters and supporters; skirmishes and ambushes against the army; ilnesses, infections and in
Mark Gannon
What can I say? As a primary historical source, it's good, but it was the type of book that, when I left it down, I wasn't rushing to pick it up again. I really had to force myself to finish it- mainly because I didn't want to add another book to the Abandoned list. It reads like a bureaucratic inter-departmental memo.

I can admire Che's dedication to his cause, and his willingness to die for it- but I also find him annoying. What made him think his way was better than the people he was fighting?
I have read in many places that youths get attracted to Marxism being fascinated by socialist romanticism, they are carried away by the heroism of Che etc. After reading this diary I would say, if anybody gets carried away by Marxist values, knowing about all the hardships that lie ahead, then he/ she is aware of his/her choice. It's not any kind of bleak fascination for romanticism or heroism, only sheer determination of the comrades could stand the hardship, sufferings & intense struggle of Gu ...more
Mar 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read Guevara I dislike him a little more. Arrogant ass.
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just seen Che Parts 1&2 so it made sense to re-read the Bolivian Diary. Part 2 of the film documents Che's Bolivian campaign which ended in his death. The film very much sticks to Che's account and that of some of his Cuban comrades who managed to escape during those fateful last days. I felt incredibly depressed after seeing Part 2 as one begins to realise the campaign was doomed from the beginning and probably should have been postponed for at least 6 months. The failure to get the Bolivian co ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read but in truth not the best of Che's books both the motorcycle diaries and reminsences of a cuban revolutionary war are the better reads but in fairness Che lived to update edit and enhance the narrative with those books something which he was unable to do with this book as sadly this is the final of his journals and released after his death which occured during this ever it is still an interesting read but due to it's incomplete nature it is peppered with unneces ...more
Richard Hansen
It's really fantastic to see Che's ultimately futile attempt to start a Cuban-style revolution in Bolivia recounted in his own words. Especially interesting for me is his ceaseless optimism in the face of circumstances which we, in hindsight, know to be hopeless.

To really get a complete understanding of the "man behind the myth" (cliche, I know), it is vital to read this final diary: recommended.his very own words from the guerrilla front.

As a sidebar, the glossary in the back which defines the
Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna's Bolivian diary. It describes the frustration and military difficulties Guevara encountered in Bolivia that led to his capture and execution. I read both Spanish and English versions. Read the Spanish version if you can as somethings are lost in the translation.
Edward M.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book of Guevara's travels to Bolivia to start a revolution. Insights into the difficulties he had there with the climate and lack of support from the populace. Great insight into his thinking and beliefs.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reality of how he thought was pretty scary, very interesting
Donna Davis
Where is he when we need him?
Michael Obiora
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was seventeen years old I bought a green t-shirt with an image that I thought was very cool. The image was that of Che Guevara’s. I still possess that t-shirt, and I still think it’s cool.
Those who have been following my reviews will know that I have always been a curious individual, they will also know that this curiosity was one of the main reasons I spent almost all my weekly theatre earnings on a list of books that I had been making since this curiosity began. So, it was once again a
Shibin k
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
This is not the best literary work but something even more special, This is the final year of the Great revolutionary, Ernesto "Che" Guevara. A man who gave up his privileges and fought for his comrades liberation.
Che needs no introduction, This book is the daily journal of comrade on his Bolivian guerrilla movement. This is an easy going book with simple and compact writing yet very powerful in its own ways, the book captures Che's daily physical and metal activities.
Forward by his comrade, Fid
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tough I did enjoy to read this book because of the historical importance of the final guerria movement of Che, it is a diary with short notes and a lot of days without anything exiting happening. There are definitely more exiting books around by Che and about Che and guerria warfare.
Fun bonus is the introduction written by Fidel Castro.
Rahul Rajendran
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History lovers
Shelves: biography
Last diary of Ernesto Che Guevara de la Serna. People say that reading other's diary is an indecent act; that doesn't hold true in the case of Che's diaries. Its revolutionary to read Che's diary. If one wishes to know about what really happened during his struggle, nothing else is effective other than reading his experiences from his own personal diary.

The book begins with the preface of his son Camilo, and a lengthy introduction by Fidel Castro (which is kinda boring, yet tempting). The first
Nanda Wanninayaka
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading Ernesto Che Guevara’s Bolivian Diary. It is an exciting book about the guerilla life and how Che enjoys the very hardships he comes across in the mountainous jungles of Bolivia. He admits once he had a bath after 6 months despite continuous presence of streams and rivers. Che and his guerilla cadres eat horsemeat by killing the very horses that helped them to take their stuff, kill birds, fish, cows, and what not! They steal corns from corn farms and take farmers hostages till ...more
Rural Soul
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Hildita, Aledita, Camilo, Celia, and Ernesto: If you ever had to read this letter, it will be because I am no longer with you.

You practically will not remember me, and the smaller ones will not remember at all.

Your father has been a man who acted on his beliefs and has certainly been loyal to his convictions.

Grow up as good revolutionaries. Study hard so that you can master technology, which allows us to master nature. Remember that the revolution is what is important, and each one o
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
67594 Reading Che Guevara’s accounts of the guerrilla warfare that led to the revolutionary victory in Cuba, one receives a romanticized description of life in the Sierra Maestra. It was violent and dirty and difficult, but it was all for a purpose, and those heroic guerrillas won in the end because they wanted to free the people of Cuba from the tyranny of the government. If Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War is an example of the triumph of Che’s guerrilla tactics and ideologies, The ...more
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so far a completely amazing daily account of the life of the guerillas in Bolivia. From small things like the jokes told around a fire to detailed analysis of combat operations in the jungles, it is all here. The version i have is earlier, with an intro by Fidel.


Finished this weekend, and while i was initially disapointed that there was no epilogue, the fact that it ends with the final entry has started to settle in my mind nicely. Highly recommended to all who wear shirts bearing his ima
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This diary covers the day-to-day of Che’s campaign in Bolivia in the late 60s. While it offered an interesting look at the business of conducting and leading a guerilla revolution, it lacked the political insight that could make it a universally valuable read. While Che does delve occasionally into the philosophy of guerilla revolution, the entries primarily focus on the logistics of living in the jungle, moving, and garnering supplies. Some military action is recorded, but in loose, retrospecti ...more
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinarily boring. Only the bathos of the "it rained today, not sure I like Bolivian food" as his life races towards its end kept me going. Some interesting things though, like how so few people doing so little really did appear to be able to destabilize a regime. His reports of what they were hearing on the radio certainly suggest that the Bolivian govt was teetering on the brink. As he said "If I only had 50 more guerrillas".
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What strikes me here is the revolutionary fervor. If only the peasants had come along, the Bolivian revolution could have been successful. If it weren't for US military aid and advisors the Bolivian army could have been defeated. Guevara's hopes were shattered. He was injured, deathly ill, then caught and assassinated under approval from the US government/CIA. A profound sadness pervades this book given the result.
Josh Eustis
It's an interesting read - somewhat. Lots of minutiae, carefully documented. The thing that is intriguing about it is that it leads right up to his capture and execution, and even considering how the morale of his men wanes, he is steadfast. Essentially, though, Che has been glorified beyond belief. Everyone forgets that his great ideas were executed in the most asshole possible manner.
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in Japanese. Interesting how such an iconic and idealized person wrote mostly about very human, real and actual-size things. Like his asthma and physical limitation and fear and disillusionment. This made me like Che as a person, and though I'm so unlike him, made me appreciate his idealism and sacrifice.
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Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was a Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, since his death Guevara's stylized visage has become an ubiquitous countercultural symbol and global icon within popular culture.

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