Che: A Colorful Life and Struggle

The Preparatory Years

Asoke Bhattacharya


R B Enterprises, Kolkata, 2019

Language: English

336 pages

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This book offers a skilfully crafted account of the man commonly known as 'Che', during his formative years. It details Che's early life through adolescence, and into his early twenties. This volume is not an antiseptic anatomization of Che's early history. Far from it. With the flair and the lyricism of a seasoned storyteller, the author narrates rather than simply catalogues Che's life, including his solo journey on a bicycle through northern Argentina. The author also provides a sufficiently detailed geo-historical account of South America, what Che referred to as "Nuestra America" with important descriptions of the geographical landscape, and the histories of the indigenous groups such as the Olmecs, Toltecs, Aztecs, etc. including accounts of their political organization, forms of government and intellectual life and public works.

Asoke Bhattacharya

Asoke Bhattacharya was born in Jangipur of West Bengal, India on 26 November 1950 and was brought up in Calcutta. He first wrote poems in English in 1993 but didn't publish them until 2012. Asoke translated Jibananada Das’s celebrated book of poems called 'Banalata Sen' into English in 2011. He has also translated Sukanta Bhattacharya's 'Passport' which is expected to be published soon. Besides these, Asoke has written the following books: Existentialism: Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Sartre; A Materialist Interpretation (El Dorado, Calcutta, 1991); Education for the People: Grundtvig, Tagore, Gandhi and Freire (Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei, 2010); Paulo Freire: Rousseau of the Twentieth Century (Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei, 2011); Che Guevara: Colourful Life and Struggle (Bengali book published by Sanket, Calcutta, 2011. 4th edition). Asoke retired as Professor from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2010.