Guevara book launched on campus
A revised and expanded edition of an Ocean Press classic, The Che Guevara Reader – Writings on Politics and Revolution, was launched at the Student Centre of North-West University’s Mafikeng Campus on 13 April 2012.
Organised by African Perspectives Publishing in conjunction with FOCUS North-West, the event was part of a national tour to publicise the Reader, an unprecedented source of primary material on Cuba and Latin America.
This is the most authoritative collection to date of Che Guevara’s writings, letters and speeches in English. The volume covers Che’s writings on the Cuban revolutionary war (1956-59), the years in government (1959-65), his vision for Latin America and the Third World, his views on the major international struggles of the 1960’s, and a new selection of letters. It was published by African Perspectives Publishing in association with the Che Guevara Studies Centre and Ocean Press.
According to Ms Rose Francis, managing director of African Perspectives Publishing, “By presenting Che in his own words, this contributes to a better understanding of Che’s thought, allowing the reader to delve into his cultural depth, his incisiveness, his irony, his passion and his astute observations, that is to say, the living Che.”
Ms Desree Tlholoe, Acting Head of the Department of Sport, Art and Culture, was the keynote speaker at the launch, which attracted a huge number of students, staff and members of the community. They were welcomed by the Campus Rector, Prof Dan Kgwadi, who vowed to ensure that the University library acquire the book as soon as possible.
Other guests included Mr Darkie Afrika, chairperson of the Planning Commission in the Province; Mr Che Matlhako, National Secretary of FOCUS; Mr Charles Ndabeni from the Premier’s Office; and the Cuban ambassador.
The book is available from book outlets and www.redpepperbooks.co.za.