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In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on “La Poderosa,” the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the 23-year-old Che Guevara. Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are Che’s diaries—full of disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, and laddish improvisations.

During his travels through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, Che’s main concerns are where the next drink is coming from, where the next bed is to be found, and who might be around to share it. Che becomes a stowaway, a fireman and a football coach; he sometimes falls in love and frequently falls off the motorbike.

Within a decade the whole world would know his name. His trip might have been an adventure of a lifetime—had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For every comic episode of the carefree roustabout there is an equally eye-opening moment in the development of the future revolutionary leader. By the end of the journey, a politicized Guevara has emerged to predict his own legendary future.”

    Time

  • “There is pathos in these pages—the pathos of Che himself, ever thoughtful, ever willing to sacrifice all, burning with guilt over his own privileges and never letting his sufferings impede him.”

    New Yorker

  • “An extraordinary first-person account. If the world eventually came to know Che Guevara and his New Man, in The Motorcycle Diaries we see the formative man. It redoubles his image and lends a touch of humanity with enough rough edges to invite controversy.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “What distinguishes these diaries…is that they reveal a human side to El Che which historians have successfully managed to suppress. It is in the pages of this breathless journal…that 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

  • “Guevara’s youthful Motorcycle Diaries is rebellious in ways that are not immediately obvious. This travelogue shows Ernesto the Medical Student developing a sense of Pan–Latin Americanism that fuses the interests of indigenous Andean peasants with traditional adversaries like upper-middle-class Argentine intellectuals (i.e. Guevara). The book ventures a unified regional opposition to US hegemony and global capitalism sometimes ravaging effects on Latin America.”

    World Hum

  • “A Latin American James Dean or Jack Kerouac.”

    Washington Post

  • “Mixes lyrical observation, youthful adventure, and anti-imperialist political analysis…This candid journal, part self-discovery, part fieldwork, glimmers with portents of the future revolutionary.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brandon Dean | 2/12/2014

    " Who Che was before he became Che? His adventures through 1950s South America. A fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Subini | 2/6/2014

    " A book about Che's travels when he is still growing. Not the same as the movie but that's what makes it interesting as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by AKovalenko Kovalenko | 1/28/2014

    " The ideolog of Che Guevera and how he became the image he is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maria | 1/24/2014

    " This book was amazing. I loved it. The translation is excellent. Even my spanish roommate at the time said that the meaning of some of the common phrases was maintained when the actual phrase would be meaningless. The prose maintained the beauty that Che intended. "

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