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Alberto Granado Dies

Updated on October 24, 2014

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 on motorcycle trip
alberto granado and che guevara on motorcycle trip

Alberto Granado And Che Guevara

Alberto Granado was born on August 8th, 1922 in Córdoba, 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.

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che guevara

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

The Motorcycle Diaries (Full Screen Edition)
The Motorcycle Diaries (Full Screen Edition)

Faithful to the diaries kept by Granado and Guevara, this is an open and honest exposition of the making of a revolutionary.


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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Cool Lens, may he Rest In Peace; I always wanted to see the Motorcycle Diaries (it's on my To Do List).

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      Pat 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      The movie is one of my favorites. Otherwise, I would not have known about Granado.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I am sadly lacking in my Cuban history knowledge. Old heroes and revolutionists of Cuba - making a difference and then virtually forgotten in the history books it seems. I wish I knew more of the events between US and Cuba but being Canadian it was not an issue put to us in the classroom.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice that you took the time to create this lens about Albert. I had not heard of him before this. Thank you!

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I still feel sadness at the loss of Che Guevara and all he tried to do to make his part of the world a better place. I feel even greater sadness in my country's role in his death. I know less about Granado, but their time together does make for a wonderful story. It would be interesting to see more about Granado's life and career in Cuba.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Interesting lens! I don't remember Granado but do remember Geuvara and the Cuban crisis...I had just been in America for about 17 years coming from a war-torn country, I was so afraid we would have to experience wartime again.

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      aerome 7 years ago

      May he rest in peace.

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I'd never heard of him but it's good to be reminded of the idealism that was associate with Che Guevara when I was young.