Hasta siempre, Che Guevara

Che GuevaraOn this day in 1967, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was executed by the Bolivian army on the orders of the CIA.

Guevara the man was deeply flawed and far from a saint. But to millions, Guevara is not a man, he is an idea epitomising resistance to oppression. The romantic freedom fighter. Nothing encapsulates that notion better than his (perhaps apocryphal) last words:

I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man

 

A fictionalised version of of his death appears in the opening chapter of my novel, Children of the Sunset. Not as a tribute to the man. But a recognition of the truth of those words. That you can kill a man. But you can’t kill an idea.

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