A photographic and literary memoir

Ernesto Che Guevara

Edited by Víctor Casaus

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Also available in Spanish

Che Guevara beyond the icon: his own words, his own photographs, his family archives


Self-Portrait, an intimate look at the man behind the icon, is a remarkable photographic and literary memoir that draws on the rich seam of diaries, letters, poems, journalism and short stories Che Guevara left with his family in Cuba.

Unique among the many books about Che Guevara, Self-Portrait has been edited by poet Víctor Casaus in close collaboration with Che’s family, using exclusive material from his family’s private archives. Revealed for the first time is Che’s personal world, unveiling his extraordinary candor, irony, dry humor and passion.

The photographs, taken from the Guevara family albums, bring to light a surprisingly sensitive and artistic edge to the legendary revolutionary. A dedicated amateur photographer, Che’s own self-portraits are a stunning feature of this selection, much of which has never before been published.

Published in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center, Havana.

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This beautiful, enlightening volume humanizes Che through a generous sampling of his humor, his compassion, and his ability to make a connection between local conflict and other struggles for self-determination around the world... Self-Portrait is one in a series of books published by Ocean Press in conjunction with the Che Guevara Studies Center in Havana in both English and Spanish-language editions—a noble project, and if this particular title is any indication, one which will be of great value to students of political theory and history.

—Rain Taxi

300 pages, photographs throughout | ISBN 978-1-876175-82-5