Latin America: The Unexpurgated Che

Cuban Revolutionary Che Guevara's diary of his abortive eleven-month campaign in Bolivia was first published by Fidel Castro last month and picked up in the U.S. by Ramparts magazine and Bantam Books. It was widely criticized as bowdlerized, with key dates and names edited out. Last week New York publishers Stein & Day weighed in with an unexpurgated edition entitled The Complete Bolivian Diaries of Che Guevara and Other Captured Documents.

The Stein & Day book improves pointedly on the translation. Where Castro's version spoke only of "discipline" or "pressure" on the Bolivian peasants, for example, Editor Daniel James, a former...

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