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Alberto Granado


Alberto Granado is an Argentine-Cuban doctor, writer, and scientist. He was the travelling companion of Che Guevara during their trip around Latin America, and founder of the Santiago School of Medicine in Cuba. He has written at least one book, Travelling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary. The book also served as reference for the 2004 film, The Motorcycle Diaries, in which he was played by Rodrigo de la Serna, while Che Guevara was played by Gael Garcia Bernal. An elderly Alberto Granado makes a short appearance at the end of the film.

Granado was born on August 8, 1922, in Hernando, province of Cordoba, Argentina to Dionisio T. Granado (a Spanish clerical employee of an Argentine railway company) and Adelina Jimenez Romero. In 1930, after Jose Felix Uriburu toppled the nationalist government of Hipolito Irigoyen, Granados family relocated to Villa Constitucion, province of Santa Fe, due to Dionisio T. Granado's position as a militant trade unionist. In 1931, Granado was sent to live with his grandparents in Cordoba and in 1940, he attended the University of Cordoba, where he studied chemistry and biochemistry.

Between December 29, 1951 and July 1952, Granado embarked on a tour of South America on his beloved Norton 500cc motorcycle — Poderosa II — with Guevara. Both kept diaries. Both men stayed at the leprosarium in San Pablo, Peru. They witnessed first hand the poverty of disenfranchised native peoples and their frequent lack of access to otherwise cheap and basic medical care. These experiences galvanized both men in realizing their future vocations — Guevara towards revolutionary politics and Granado to the pursuit of honest and practical science.

Related websites

New Book on Alberto Granado and Che Guevara

'My Best Friend Che'

My Ride With Che

Interview with Alberto for the film The Motorcycle Diaries

Interview with Alberto and additional information about his life for The Motorcycle Diaries

Alberto Granado's Motorcycle Diaries Timeline

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