The Bolivian Diary

Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

In 1967 Che Guevara left Cuba to lead the Bolivian Liberation Army. In the jungles of Bolivia they attempted to initiate a revolution like that in Cuba, in which Che had played such a central role. This fascinating diary describes the troubled guerrilla campaign until Che’s final entry on the 7th October 1967 – the day before his capture by the CIA-backed Bolivian Army and his execution. Following the phenomenally successful film adaptation of ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’, two of Che Guevara’s later and most insightful diaries are being brought to the big screen in 2009. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Benicio del Toro, ‘Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War’ and ‘The Bolivian Diary’ will be released as ‘Che Part 1’ and ‘Che Part 2’.

Reviews of The Bolivian Diary

  • Praise for the films, ‘Che Part 1’ and ‘Che Part 2’:

    ‘Brilliant.’ The Times

    ‘A grand Hollywood war movie. Del Toro gives a stunning performance as Che Guevara. ****’ Empire

    ‘Soderbergh’s best film. A masterpiece. ****’ Total Film

    ‘”Che” is brilliant…incandescent – a piece of full-on, you-are-there realism…[A] perfect dream movie, which is also politically vibrant and searing.’ Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

    ‘”Che” is a piece of entertainment that delivers excitement, pathos and pure film-making passion…The end result is masterful – expressive, innovative, striking, exciting.’

    Praise for ‘The Bolivian Diary’:

    ‘Guevara was a figure of epic proportions. These diaries, stark and moving, will be his most enduring monument.’ Observer

    ‘Vivid and compelling.’ Economist

    Praise for ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’:

    ‘It’s true; Marxists just wanna have fun.’ Guardian

    ‘What distinguishes these diaries is that they reveal a human side to El Che which historians have successfully managed to suppress…one senses El Che’s belief that determination and conviction can be enough to change one’s self and others…a joy to read from start to finish.’ Financial Times

    ‘Political incorrectness galore…this book should do much to humanise the image of a man who found his apotheosis as a late Sixties cultural icon. It is also, incidentally, a remarkably good travel book about South America.’ Scotsman