Comrades and brothers
was worth the possibility of “millions of atomic war victims”.
In 1965 Che disappeared from Cuba and spent a brief and unsuccessful period conducting guerilla activities in the Congo. In late 1966 he joined a guerilla campaign against the Bolivian regime but was captured and killed by government troops in October 1967.
Che’s brother quotes from a farewell letter that Che wrote earlier to his parents: “This letter might be the last. I do not seek death but it is part of the logical calculus of probabilities. If so, may this letter be a last embrace.”
Che, My Brother is in part a family history, going back several generations, and contains many photos from Che’s childhood and adolescence. His brother was 15 years younger and obviously idolised Che, although he is on stronger ground when dealing with the facts than in setting up his sibling as a political philosopher: “The Marxist beacon of the 21st century will be Che. He identified and signalled the events that have since occurred, the current unresolved calamities. He is a thinker of the future despite the fact that he died in 1967.” Not so, as it turns out.
This book is naturally hostile to the US but it must be acknowledged that the policies of successive US administrations towards the Castro regime were hardly models of common sense, and is not surprising Castro resented a series of attempts to have him assassinated during the John F. Kennedy period.
One interesting part of the book concerns the author’s imprisonment for eight years in Argentina from the mid-1970s.
After the military coup in March 1976 there was in effect a civil war, albeit a rather one-sided one, with somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people killed by members of the armed forces. Martin and his wife, who was also in prison for the same period, were lucky to survive; her parents did not.
On the subject of incarceration, Stephen