04/11/2017 Culture

Exhibition reflects the life of the Revolutionary "Che" Guevara as a reader

The texts and authors that Ernesto "Che" Guevara read throughout his life, and served for his training as a politician and revolutionary, but also as a tireless reader of the classics of universal literature, history and psychology, They exhibit in the exhibition '' Che lector '' in the National Library of Argentina, in Buenos Aires.

CHE GUEVARA BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL ARGENTINA
CHE GUEVARA BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL ARGENTINA
 

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From his adolescence at least, Che registered the titles of books he read in notebooks. They are long lists, still preserved, annotated in inks of different colors in which he commented and criticized the readings that were forming his vision of the world and the feeling of obligation that impelled him to act. This quixotic process often arose in Che's writings.

The Argentine National Library exposes the reconstructed library of that hard-working reader who went from the page to the action, for some in a romantically heroic way, for others in a tragic and wrong way.

 

CHE GUEVARA BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL ARGENTINA
CHE GUEVARA BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL ARGENTINA
 

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The presence of certain books may surprise the public who visit the exhibition: some do not associate easily with a dogmatic image of the revolutionary and others even seem to contradict it. We forget all too often that every reader - in the deepest sense of the word - is multiple, secret and essentially eclectic, and that we can not know what a specific book meant to him.

The memory of reading a story by Jack London serves Che in one of the moments of his life as a soldier in which he thinks he may die, while certain verses by Neruda and Vallejo help him find the words to say goodbye of his wife.

 

CHE GUEVARA BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL ARGENTINA
CHE GUEVARA BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL ARGENTINA
 

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And while there is no text that anticipates a personal destiny, every biography is altered by its presence. For that reason, Che lector is the way in which the National Library remembers Ernesto Guevara, emblematic character of the rebellions of the 20th century, on the 50th anniversary of his death.

 

"Che lector" can be visited from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the María Elena Walsh Room, until March 31, 2018 with free admission.

 
 

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