Che Guevara: Background information when reading Next Year in Havana

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Next Year in Havana

by Chanel Cleeton

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Che Guevara

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Che GueveraNext Year in Havana is partially set during the Cuban Revolution (1953-1959). Che Guevara (1928-1967) was one of the Revolution's central figures. Although he does not appear directly in Next Year in Havana, the cause he fought for forms the backdrop to much of the story.

Born Ernesto Guevara de la Serna in Rosario, Argentina, Guevara was the eldest of the five children in his middle-class family. As a young man he studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires and traveled widely throughout South and Central American while on breaks. During these excursions he witnessed widespread poverty and oppression. His 1951 motorcycle trip through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama and Miami (immortalized in his journal, The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey, which was adapted into the 2004 American film The Motorcycle Diaries) was a turning point; during that tour he became convinced that Marxism was the only solution to the miserable ...

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