A biography in two voices

My Life

Fidel Castro with Ignacio Ramonet

Ignacio Ramonet, the long-time editor of the French magazine Le Monde Diplomatique and a key player in organizing the first World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, has written a biography in two voices with Fidel Castro. The book, in which Fidel describes his life from the 1950s up to the present day, arose after a chance meeting with Fidel at the International Book Fair in Havana in 2002.

Ramonet eleborates; “I had just finished publishing a brief book of conversations with Sub-commander Marcos, the romantic and galactic hero of the Mexican Zapatistas. Fidel had read it and it had interested to him. I proposed that I could do something similar with him, but of greater amplitude. He had not written his memoirs, and it is almost certain that through lack of time, he would never write them. It would be a kind of “biography in two voices”, a political testament, a summation of his life by himself upon reaching his 80th birthday, and when a half-century had passed by since the attack on the Moncada garrison in Santiago de Cuba in 1953, where, to a certain extent, his public epic began.”

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