Che's Bolivia Diary

Original scans of Che's handwritten diary are now available on chebolivia.org. Apparently the Cuban publication of his dairy was cleaned up. Here, you can see what he really said.

One of the files is a PDF which includes printed text along with the original scans. The hand-written stuff is pretty hard to read so this seems to be the best choice. When I was trying to download it the site was having problems so, once I got a copy I put it up on A42. You can download it from there if you have problems with the original site.

Now I will wait for comments from our Che. :-)

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300 editions

There are well over 300 editions of the diary that have been printed in the last, nearly 50 years. The earliest editions were made from a source that lacked some pages at the outset. These were later recovered. The earliest 1968 versions were with a Fidel Castro introduction and most later ones retain this commentary at the outset. The text was later revised by Che's widow, then issued with a forward by his son. This is sometimes listed as the "authorized" or "official" edition. The changes in text, translations, additions, etc., originally all may have been conscious decisions by the Cuban government – as they were also selling "exclusive rights" to publication to many buyers, simultaneously. When you see the original (his "doctor's handwriting" throughout) you suspect/know why/how the printed books were often as they were. Unlike many of his other works, this book was not intended for publication "as is". It is debatable if release of the original is all that momentous, given that it took forever to happen and the so-called "authorized" version of the diary was fully redone with the assistance of his family. In many respects, the film documentaries made per his death are far more revealing than the diary manuscript itself, though they are partly or mostly based on the document. See "Ernesto Che Guevera – The Bolivian Diary", "El Che – Investigating a Legend", "Che – The Rise and Fall", the controversial (in pro-Che circles) "Covering Cuba 7 – Che, The Other Side of an Icon", and the unusual Peter de Kock effort, "The Hands of Che" (a video documentary on the search to find out, as titled, what happened to Che's severed hands, and why).