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The Resource Che : a revolutionary life, Jon Lee Anderson and José Hernández ; translated by Megan McDowell

Che : a revolutionary life, Jon Lee Anderson and José Hernández ; translated by Megan McDowell

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Che : a revolutionary life
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Che
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a revolutionary life
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Jon Lee Anderson and José Hernández ; translated by Megan McDowell
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  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
"The graphic novel adaptation of the groundbreaking and definitive biography of Che Guevara. The Argentine revolutionary has become an internationally recognized icon, as revered as he is controversial. In Che: A Revolutionary Life, Jon Lee Anderson and José Hernández present the man behind the myth, creating a complex and human portrait of this passionate idealist. Adapted from Jon Lee Anderson's definitive masterwork, and with renowned Mexican artist José Hernández's drawings"--
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  • A cinematic approach chips away at the myths and misunderstandings that still surround the life of Che Guevara, the famed doctor turned revolutionary, in this in-depth graphic novel adaptation of Anderson’s exhaustive biography. Che is fleshed out as a young man whose frustration with U.S. interference throughout the Western hemisphere aligns him with anti-imperialist causes, at first in Guatemala and Mexico, famously in the Sierra Maestra mountains of Cuba, fruitlessly in a campaign in the Congo, and then tragically in Bolivia, where he was assassinated. Adding warmth to the exhaustive research drawn from letters, newspapers and official documents are Che’s writings to his mother—whose own life was upended by her son’s actions. Hernandez’s art tries to match Che’s iconic steadfastness and the weight of the story with photographic realism, but the overall effect is stiff. Yet the scope of the work meets the author’s aim to inspire renewed reflection on Che’s revolutionary ideas, and—as when Che denounces the “meddling of a foreign power” in a radio interview—holds renewed relevance as well. Agent: Sarah Chalfant, The Wylie Agency (Nov.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 10/01/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 40, p)
  • New Yorker staffer Anderson has written frequently about Latin America; his reporting facilitated the discovery of Che's skeletal remains three decades after they were secretly buried in Bolivia. Here he joins with award-winning Mexican political cartoonist Hernández to tell the life of revolutionary leader Che Guevara. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 06/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 11, p56)
  • The adaptation of an epic biography into a graphic volume underscores both the reach and the limitations of the graphic format. In 1997, New Yorker staff writer Anderson (The Fall of Baghdad, 2004, etc.) published a biography of Che Guevara (1928-1967) that ran to more than 800 pages, which might test the patience of even the most committed readers of subsequent generations. So the author teamed with Mexican political cartoonist Hernández for a collaboration that can, as the author explains, help "reevaluate Che Guevara through the prism of each new generation." On the visual level, it succeeds brilliantly, with the sweeping scale of the illustrations taking the measure of the man and his legacy. However, the necessary abridgement of text falls somewhere between simplifying his story enough to capture a younger readership and retaining enough of its context and complexity to satisfy those for whom this would not be an introduction. At more than 400 pages, it is around twice as long as the norm for graphic narratives, and Anderson does a solid job with the narrative arc, showing how the young ardent idealist, educated as a physician, became synonymous with heroic revolutionary commitment, which ultimately led to his falling out with Fidel Castro. No one was more committed to the Cuban revolution that the Argentine, who subsequently felt that Soviet support had made Cuba a pawn in negotiations with the United States. Guevara took his revolutionary spirit elsewhere, seemingly hoping to export it. Long after his execution in Bolivia, "Che lives" remained a rallying cry. The narrative also hints that Guevara could be ruthless in his devotion—"innocent people will have to die"—and that he abdicated his familial responsibilities. He remained a Stalinist and called his son "Little Mao." He was very much a figure of his times, and those times had a complexity that can be tougher to translate into a form that values an uncluttered simplicity. A valiant effort and a visual triumph, though the necessary abridgment compromises the depth. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2018)
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10732764
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Anderson, Jon Lee
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  • 972.9106/3092
  • B
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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comics graphic novels
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  • Hernández, José
  • McDowell, Megan
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  • Guevara, Che
  • Guevara, Che
  • Revolution (Cuba : 1959)
  • Cuba
  • Guerrillas
  • Guerrillas
  • Military participation
  • Cuba
  • Latin America
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists
  • COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / Biography & Memoir
  • HISTORY / Latin America
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a graphic biography
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Che : a revolutionary life, Jon Lee Anderson and José Hernández ; translated by Megan McDowell
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"Originally published in Spanish as Che: una vida revolucionaria by Sexto Piso, Mexico City."
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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on1023859127
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 421 pages
Isbn
9780735221772
Lccn
2018025190
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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chiefly color illustrations
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(OCoLC)1023859127
Label
Che : a revolutionary life, Jon Lee Anderson and José Hernández ; translated by Megan McDowell
Publication
Note
"Originally published in Spanish as Che: una vida revolucionaria by Sexto Piso, Mexico City."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1023859127
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 421 pages
Isbn
9780735221772
Lccn
2018025190
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1023859127

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