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Tony Wood: Elmer Mendoza

1 June 2016
Silver Bullets 
by Elmer Mendoza, translated by Mark Fried.
MacLehose Press, 240 pp., £14.99, April 2015, 978 1 85705 258 9
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... non-existence of crime fiction in Mexico turned out to be its enabling conditions? There have been successful Mexican crime writers both before and since Monsiváis’s essay – Rafael Bernal and PacoIgnacioTaibo II spring to mind – but the bestselling narco-thrillers of Elmer Mendoza seem designed to turn his arguments on end. Mendoza has transformed the corruption, chaos and constant ...

Furibundo de la Serna

Laurence Whitehead

2 November 1995
The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey around South America 
by Ernesto Che Guevara, translated by Ann Wright.
Verso, 155 pp., £19.95, June 1995, 1 85984 942 3
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Che Guevara 
by Jean Cormier, with Hilda Guevara and Alberto Grando.
Editions du Rocher, 448 pp., frs 139, August 1995, 2 268 01967 5
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Journal de Bolivie 
by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, translated by Fanchita Gonzalez- Batlle and France Binard.
La Découverte, 256 pp., frs 120, August 1995, 2 7071 2482 6
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L’Année ou nous n’étions nulle part: Extraits du journal de Che Guevara en Afrique 
edited by Paco Ignacio Taibo, Froilán Escóbar and Félix Guerra, translated by Mara Hernandez and René Solis.
Métaillié, 281 pp., frs 120, September 1995, 2 86424 205 2
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... gun-men think they can still rule Africans.) Cormier devotes a stirring chapter to the failed Cubanled counterattack at Fort Bendera in June 1965, but his account is completely unreliable, just as PacoIgnacioTaibo’s compilation of passages from Che’s diary, mixed with other testimony, is confused and inadequate. Che was in fact highly doubtful about the wisdom of the operation, but the ...

Diary

Rubén Gallo: Mexico’s Shadow Presidency

25 January 2007
... problems since the 1960s and played a prominent role in the López Obrador campaign, spoke enthusiastically of the plantón: ‘Every day there were cultural events that people took very seriously. PacoIgnacioTaibo launched his book on Pancho Villa next to the Juárez monument, on the Alameda Park, and there were hundreds of people there – humble people, nacos, as they are usually called. And ...
21 August 1997
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life 
by Jon Lee Anderson.
Bantam, 814 pp., £25, April 1997, 0 593 03403 1
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Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara 
by Jorge Castañeda, translated by Marina Castañeda.
Bloomsbury, 480 pp., £20, October 1997, 0 7475 3334 2
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... Cuban inspired project of the Latin American Left over the last forty yean reflect his own and add to the critical tone of his biography. But, like Anderson, he has done an immense amount of legwork.PacoIgnacioTaibo II is the master of almost everything that has been written about Guevara in Latin America. He is also Mexico’s most distinguished crime novelist, and his biography of Guevara leaves ...

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