Che Wants to See You
The Untold Story of Che in BoliviaBook - 2013
For the first time, Ciro Bustos, Che’s right-hand man in the struggle for Argentina, tells his story. As a young man inspired by the example of Cuba, Bustos was determined to bring revolution to the home country he shared with his hero. After a failed attempt to liberate Argentina, it was not until 1966 that he was contacted by the Cubans once again and told, “Che wants to see you.”
Under false papers, Bustos crossed the border into Bolivia, where Che was in hiding with his guerrilla forces; and here, for the first time, Che shared his plans for a continental revolution. In this fascinating memoir, Ciro Bustos tells us a story only he is able to recount: what really happened in Bolivia in 1967 and why he did not betray Che.
Ciro Bustos was Che Guevara’s Argentinian lieutenant, fighting beside El Comandante in Bolivia. Here, for the first time, Bustos tells his story.
As a young man, with plans for a career as an artist, he was inspired by the Cuban example, and in particular by the bravery and revolutionary zeal of his compatriot Che Guevara. Bustos went to Havana, was recruited to the cause, and returned to Argentina determined to foment revolution, an ambition that resulted in the disastrous Salta expedition of 1964, in which most of the guerrillas were killed or captured. Bustos’s account of the debacle finally sets the record straight; he was lucky to get out alive.
It was not until 1966 that Bustos was contacted by the Cubans once again and told, ‘Che wants to see you.’ Travelling under false papers, Bustos crossed the border into Bolivia, where Che was in hiding with his guerrilla forces. Che made Bustos his confidante, revealing to him his plans for a continental revolution. The two men shared the hardships of life in the jungle, as the Bolivian forces and the CIA closed in on their camp.
When fighting began, Bustos attempted to escape with Régis Debray only to be captured by local forces and interrogated by the CIA. In this fascinating memoir, Ciro Bustos reveals what really happened in Bolivia in 1967 and who was responsible for Che’s execution.
Riveting memoir of revolution in South America by Che Guevara’sArgentine lieutenant
Baker & Taylor
Che Guevara's Argentinian lieutenant recounts his story within Guevara's guerilla operations, revealing his political dealings with Guevara, the details of the disastrous Salta expedition, and his perspective on Guevara's execution.
This is the translated edition of the 2007 memoir Che Quiere Verte by Ciro Roberto Bustos, an artist-turned-revolutionary who had been recruited into Che Guevara's guerilla network in Argentina, from where he was summoned, in early 1967, to come to the secret guerilla base camp in Ñancahuazú in southeastern Bolivia with the message "Che wants to see you." With the authorities' untimely discovery of the camp, Bustos was forced to flee in the company of the French Marxist theoretician and writer Régis Debray, only to be captured, put on trial, and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment. Three years later, they were amnestied when the left-leaning general, Juan José Torres, came to power and flown to Chile, where Bustos stayed for a time before returning to Argentina shortly before the 1973 coup of Augusto Pinochet. From Argentina, already in the throes of its own dirty war against leftists, Busto requested and was granted political asylum in Sweden. These events and more are recounted, offering new insights into the last days of Che Guevara and his ill-fated plans for South American revolution. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)