John Blackthorn

I, Che Guevara

William Morrow

New York
, 2000
bibliothèque insulaire


parutions 2000
I, Che Guevara / John Blackthorn. - New York : William Morrow & Co., 2000. - 352 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN 0-688-16760-8
NOTE DE L'ÉDITEUR : 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.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, January 30, 2000 : In the Cuba of John Blackthorn's new thriller, Fidel Castro has taken early retirement, Havana is about to hold free elections and, most incredibly of all, a man who is very likely Che Guevara, presumed dead since 1967, is on the campaign trail, converting illiterate peasants to the revolutionary political philosophy of Thomas Jefferson. […] What's winning about the novel's premise is the opportunity it affords the author to consider the Cuban people apart from their government. His prose may read like boilerplate, but Blackthorn — the pseudonym of « a political figure whose name is well known in international capitals and intelligence circles 1 » — provides readers with the benefits of his Latin American experience. […] Somewhat less persuasive is the plot itself, an account of Cuba's first democratic elections, in which […] villagers, joined by university students, become the foundation of a political movement vital enough to threaten both the post-Castro Communists and the Miami expatriate millionaires.

Jonathon Keats

1.Gary Hart, sénateur démocrate (1975-1987), candidat à la présidence en 1984 et 1988.
  • « I, Che Guevara », New York : Harper Collins, 2008

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