Alberto Granado Dies
Alberto Granado, Che's Companion, Dead
Alberto Granado, the man who accompanied Che Guevara on his epic motorbike ride across America, has died in Cuba at the age of 88.
Their motorcycle ride across Latin America is credited with arousing Geuvara's social conscience and making him into one of the most famous revolutionaries of the modern age. Their paths diverged after the trip but both remained committed to changing and bettering the lot of the dispossessed.
Alberto Granado "also possessed a good sense of humor and a taste for wine, girls, literature and rugby".
Jon Lee Anderson
Alberto Granado And Che Guevara
Alberto Granado was born on August 8th, 1922 in CÃ³rdoba, Argentina, He and Che Guevara met as children. The two went on to medical college, then decided to travel together on their great adventure. They witnessed poverty, corruption and cruelty in several Latin American countries: a leper colony in Peru notably had great effects on both men. They eventually parted in Venezuela where Granado went on to do great work with sufferers of leprosy - at that time a misunderstood and near-untreatable disease.
Guevara invited Granado to Cuba in 1960 (the year after Castro's revolution) and Granado immigrated to Havana in 1961, going on to teach biochemistry at Havana University. There he remained for the rest of his life, noted for his teaching abilities and his commitment to hsi principles.
The Motorcycle Diaries
Granado and Geuvara kept detailed diaries of their trip: these were later used by Robert Redford to produce the acclaimed film "The Motorcycle Diaries". Released in 2004 it is a fascinating insight into the mids of the two men as they saw at first hand the abominations and corruption of the then ruling classes. Whilst it obviously concentrates on Che Guevara, still Alberto Granado comes across as a kind, committed man. it's easily understandable why the financial and political excesses of the CIA and Mafia-backed Cuban government led Guevara to join Castro and why Granado subsequently emigrated to Cuba.
There is a very good review of the Motorcycle Diaries in the Guardian comparing the film with what actually happened (the film is very accurate).
Buy The Motorcycle Diaries On DVD
Faithful to the diaries kept by Granado and Guevara, this is an open and honest exposition of the making of a revolutionary.