Alberto Granado, Argentinian biochemistary doctor, writer, scientist and close friend of Ernesto Che Guevera, whose trip across South America with the revolutionary leader has been immortalised in The Motorcycle Diaries, has died in Cuba at the age of 88 of natural causes.
The Motorcycle Diaries is based on the memoirs of Ernesto Guevero — later to become known as the revolutionary Che Guevera — and his travelling companion Grandado’s eight-month and 14,000 km-long journey across Latin America, starting in 1951 and stretching from Argentina through Chile, Peru, and Columbia to Venezuela.
Both Granado’s book, Travelling with Che Guevera: The Making of a Revolutionary, and Guevera’s travelogue, The Motorcycle Diaries, recount the young men’s first-hand encounters of the poverty and social injustive of the native peoples, experiences which deeply shaped their future vocations.
In the 2004 film, Granado was played by Argentine actor Rodrigo De la Serna, while Che was played by Gael Garcia Bernal, who in an interview with Village Voice said of filming: “We were re-enacting a journey that was done 50 years ago, and what’s surprising is that the social problems of Latin America are the same. Which is heartbreaking in a way, but it also makes you feel how important it is to tell the story.”
According to Cuban television reports, Grandado will be cremated and in accordance with his wishes, the ashes will be scattered in Cuba, Argentina and Venezuela.
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