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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (June 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609102193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609102197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,261,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

So much has been written about Che Guevara that the books and articles gathered together could be housed in an enormous library of their own. Sadly, very little of this work is fiction, Jay Cantor's The Death of Che Guevara being a notable exception. History and reportage are interesting, opinion equally so...especially about this extremely driven, extremely violent man. But fiction comes from the heart and, at its best, is about the heart, and that's what interests me. I admire work by other authors that exposes the emotional conflicts in the souls of great historical figures. Gabriel García Márquez's Simón Bolívar in The General In His Labyrinth. Tomás Eloy Martinez's Juan Perón in The Perón Novel. Walter Salles's portrait of Che Guevara in his film The Motorcycle Diaries. I hope this book of mine gives at least an idea of the emotion, for good or ill, that such figures must carry in their hearts.

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Novelist, journalist and film maker Terence Clarke lives in San Francisco. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels published by Mercury House and Ballantine Books: The Day Nothing Happened, My Father In The Night, and The King of Rumah Nadai.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Deveny on August 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Rare and beautiful are two of the adjectives that certainly could be applied to Terrence Clarke's latest novel, but there are many more superlatives that "A Kiss For Senor Guevarra" is well deserving of.

It's a slim book with short chapters and together it all reads like a long poem with perfectly appointed stanzas. Every word strikes home. The persona of Ernesto "Che" Guevarra is one that will always elude us. Unfortunately, in contemporary society, there are those who love to build up celebrities and then tear them down. It isn't hard, given the length and breath of human frailty, but the enigma and charisma of Guevarra is a riddle never to be unraveled. And so his legend goes on, shored up by some, denigrated by others.

Now, for the first time, we see Che in an entirely different light thanks to Mr.Clarke and his major character, Ofelia, a Bolivian peasant girl. I can't say enough for a male author who takes on the daunting and dangerous task of seeing the world through the eyes of an adolescent girl. It would be so easy to unwittingly fall into the traps of caricature and small sentimentality, but Mr.Clarke never does so. Instead he shows a sensitivity and understanding I've never before encountered.

Ernesto Guevarra has come to the last tragic chapter in his life. He and what's left of his rebel band have been captured by Bolivian soldiers and brought to a small village where they are shackled and imprisoned in a primitive school house. One by one Guevarra's comrades are executed, leaving only him. Ofelia has been assigned the task of bringing food to Che and at first their relationship is tenuous, she frightened of the dark man, dirty and wheezing from chronic asthma.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Brockwell on April 7, 2011
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This is the kind of book that will resonate in your imagination for a long time after you read it. Terry has created something rare and precious, a novel of deeply felt sentiment that is also vehemently unsentimental. It is a striking portrayal of the last days of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, illuminated by a painterly sense of lucidity, and echoing throughout with vividly-imagined dialogues. It is also (not surprisingly for anyone who knows Terry), a novel about tango, and about the limitless truth that can be found in a single moment of embrace, and the redemptive power of love. Unforgettable.
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More About the Author

Terence Clarke is the director of publishing at Astor & Lenox (www.astorandlenox.com). He is also a novelist (Mercury House, Ballantine Books), a short-story writer (The Yale Review, The Antioch Review,The Chariton Review, Kindle Singles and many others), a journalist (San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, Huffington Post), and a translator of literature from Spanish to English. Among his favorite authors, he mentions Jane Austen, Frank O'Connor, and Eduardo Galeano. (His absolute favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice.) His own novels include My Father in the Night, The King of Rumah Nadai, and A Kiss for Señor Guevara. His short-story collections include The Day Nothing Happened, Little Bridget and the Flames of Hell, and New York (which will be published in 2015).

"There has never really been a time when I haven't been writing," he says. "When I was a student, I was very influenced by the life styles of the Romantics, and went around with a manufactured scowl on my face, bearing the poetic weight of the world. It didn't hurt that I was living in San Francisco at the time, and could emulate the Beatniks I saw worrying publically about their manuscripts in local cafés. As I began publishing my work, though, I discovered --more truthfully-- that I love the process of writing. The puzzle of telling a story. The searching for, and the creation, of a memorable character. The exploration of feeling, the fine pleasure of bringing a story to fruition. Writing's tough. But now, it is simply a joyful undertaking for me."

Clarke still lives in San Francisco. His new novel, The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro, was published on February 1, 2015.

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