Che Guevara’s Reading List

Ernesto “Che” Guevara (14th of June 1928 to 9th of October 1967) was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution, and has since become a pervasive symbol of counterculture and rebellion in popular culture. He became radicalised by the poverty and unfair treatment he witnessed as he travelled Latin America. Che has since become a polarised figure in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, songs, and films.

Che was a well read and well travelled, intelligent man who often found mental refuge in literature. His reading list offers an insight into the deep thinking man he was, and reflects much of his ideals.

His choice of reading material influenced him greatly and makes for a fascinating list. We have compiled 10 of the most interesting of Che Guevara’s choices for your enjoyment and interest…

1. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda



6. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

New York Bookstore Features Books from Sh*thole Countries

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Turning negatives into positives is always a good thing, and right now we’re in love with Rough Draft Bar and Books in New York for their display featuring authors from ‘shithole countries’.

Since he has taken office, President Trump has done a pretty good job at offending the rest of the world. A while ago he banned travellers from many Muslim countries and we responded by featuring a list of books from the Muslim ban list. Read More

The Latest Book Trend Is Dividing The Internet

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Trends and fashions come and go but at the height of their popularity the trends can cultivate some heated debate. Do you remember when #shelfie was a ‘thing’? Or arranging a books on a shelf by colour to create a bookish rainbow? People are divided on whether these things are a waste of time, highly impractical, or just a fun way to arrange your home.

The latest bookshelf-altering idea is for the neutral-colour-lovers among us: some of you may remember when we posted a picture on Facebook of a bookshelf in which the books were all turned about with the spines facing the wall. Many of our Reading Addicts were unhappy with the idea- deeming the bookshelf owner (apparently someone called ‘Lauren’) to be a little superficial, and “obviously not a reader”.

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10 Reflective Quotes By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria on the 15th of September 1977. The award-winning author published Half of a Yellow Sun in 2006 and the next year it received the Orange Prize for Fiction. The exquisitely written novel was also featured in the New York Times′s 100 Most Notable Books of the Year.

“Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined. [It] is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race – and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.”

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5 Historical Books To Read Featuring Queen Elizabeth I

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On the 15th of January in 1559 Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey. Her father, Henry VIII had died leaving the monarchy in a mess, the title of monarch was passed from one successor to another until finally Elizabeth I, the last Tudor to reign, took the throne.

Elizabeth was a strong and capable woman with an excellent education, and a fair but ferocious heart. Her reign lasted from the 17th of November 1558 to the 24th of March 1603 at her death aged 69.

Much has been written about the Tudor period, and there is an intense amount of historical fiction around, so allow us to recommend our top 5 historical fiction novels about Queen Elizabeth I- for your enjoyment.

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Walter Mosley: In His Own Words

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Walter Mosley, born on the 12th of January in 1952, is an award-winning American writer from California. His versatile works include three mystery series’, ‘afrofuturistic’ science fiction, erotica, and a graphic novel. His most famous works, the Easy Rawlins Mysteries, feature a black private investigator and war veteran who lives in Los Angeles, and are his most popular fiction to date. The author has also written 3 plays, with a 4th on the way called Devil in a Blue Dress. Mosley has won numerous awards including the O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Big Think on YouTube have featured the novelist in a series of videos that capture his musings and wisdom, as a writer and a reader. Check them out below!

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See How a Japanese Craftsman Restores a Battered Old Book

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No doubt many of you have a treasured book that you’ve read countless times, but numerous re-reads can take their toll, especially on old books. Those of you beginning to worry about the battered spine and dog-eared pages of your favourite novel will be interested to see this skilled Japanese craftsman restore a seriously tattered 1000 page dictionary back to its former glory. Read More

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