I, Che Guevara: A Novel

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W. Morrow & Company, Jan 1, 2000 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Sometime during the summer of 1999 a mysterious elderly stranger appears in rural towns around Cuba, quietly advocating a new kind of politics he calls "the true republic." Old-timers begin to suspect that the stranger, who calls himself Ernesto Blanco, may actually be the martyr Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Shortly thereafter, Fidel Castro steps down from power in exchange for a commitment from the United States to recognize Cuba and lift the embargo. Diplomatic recognition, in turn, is conditioned upon free elections.

Two traditional parties are formed: One is a successor to the Communist Party and the other is composed of U.S./Mafia-backed Cuban exiles. As the True Republic movement spreads like wildfire throughout Cuba, each faction devises a plot to get rid of Ernesto Blanco -- by assassination if necessary.

I, Che Guevara culminates in a frantic last-minute run up to the election in which assassins from both sides play key roles. Within the context of this revolutionary adventure, Cuba becomes a metaphor for the struggle of people throughout the world to evolve a new kind of politics, a politics with a human face.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Blackthorn's second political thriller, a marked improvement over Sins of the Fathers (1998), is about what happens in Cuba when there's a vacuum that everybody wants to fill. Without warning Fidel ... Read full review

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User Review  - daschaich - LibraryThing

Che's Dead: Although this book serves as an enjoyable critique of the modern political system in America and throughout much of the world, I was extremely disappointed by the use of Che Guevara as the ... Read full review


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