The Lowland

The Lowland


Jhumpa Lahiri

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Che Guevara Term Analysis

Che Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary and guerilla leader who has, since his death in 1967, become a recognized symbol of rebellion the world over. Like Udayan, Che was radicalized after his travels through the South American countryside made him aware of the extreme depths of poverty there. An anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist Marxist-Leninist, Guevara helped Fidel Castro to rise to power in Cuba, and his beliefs in the “immortality of the revolution,” which he spoke of until the very moment of his death, has made him a commonly-invoked figurehead of revolutionary politics.

Che Guevara Quotes in The Lowland

The The Lowland quotes below are all either spoken by Che Guevara or refer to Che Guevara. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Lowland published in 2014.
Part 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

Now if they happened to pass the Tolly Club together on their way to or from the tram depot, Udayan called it an affront. People still filled slums all over the city, children were born and raised on the streets. Why were a hundred acres walled off for the enjoyment of a few? Subhash remembered the imported trees, the jackals, the bird cries. The golf balls heavy in their pockets, the undulating green of the course. He remembered Udayan going over the wall first, challenging him to follow. Crouching on the ground the last evening they were there, trying to shield him. But Udayan said that golf was the pastime of the comprador bourgeoisie. He said the Tolly Club was proof that India was still a semicolonial country behaving as if the British had never left. He pointed out that Che, who had worked as a caddy on a golf course in Argentina, had come to the same conclusion. That after the Cuban revolution getting rid of the golf courses was one of the first things Castro had done.

Related Characters: Subhash Mitra (speaker), Udayan Mitra
Page Number: 29-30
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Che Guevara Term Timeline in The Lowland

The timeline below shows where the term Che Guevara appears in The Lowland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 8, Chapter 2
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...fact that he has never been to China or Cuba and hears the final words Che Guevara had written to his children echoing in his head: “Remember that the revolution is the... (full context)