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My Life with Che - The Making of a Revolutionary (book launch)

By Hilda Gadea

“Vivid, intimate and uncensored” - Jon Lee Anderson

Che Guevara’s first wife, Hilda Gadea, paints a personal portrait of the legendary figure, revealing the romantic wanderer, philosopher, doting suitor, and father within the firebrand revolutionary.

Ernesto Guevara and Hilda Gadea met in Guatemala in 1953 as members of the political exile community. Gadea was with Guevara during the tumultuous period in his life that turned him from an intellectual theorist to a dedicated revolutionary.  Hilda shared Che’s revolutionary ideals, guided and inspired him intellectually, helped shape his convictions, and introduced him to Fidel Castro, a meeting that would change the history of Cuba forever.

Against this backdrop, Gadea offers insight into their long courtship, four years of marriage, and the birth of their daughter, Hildita. Including letters from Che to his dear Hildita during his travels, this account sheds new light on the man remembered as one of the best-loved icons of the twentieth century.  First published in 1972, this fully revised and updated edition includes a new foreword by Hilda’s brother Ricardo.

Hilda Gadea was the first female Secretary of the Economy for the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance in Peru but was exiled in 1948.  She worked for the Guatemalan government as an economist and lived in Mexico and Cuba, advancing the same revolutionary politics as Che.  She passed away in Havana in 1974. 

For further details please contact:

Katie Eaton
Marketing Manager
Frontline Books & Seaforth Publishing

Pen & Sword Books Ltd
47 Church Street
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S70 2AS

Tel: 01226 734241

Fax: 01226 734438

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Website: http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

ISBN: 978 1848325067 Hardback   242 Pages   Illustrated

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