HAVANA, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro announced on Tuesday that he would release a book "within a few days" about his guerrilla life in the years dating back to the 1959 revolution.
|In this photo released by the state media Cubadebate website, Cuba's former leader |
Fidel Castro looks on during a meeting with artists and intellectuals at the Jose Martí
Memorial in Havana, Cuba, Monday, July 26, 2010. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
Castro led a guerrilla group beginning on Dec. 2, 1956, to fight against the government of Fulgencio Batista and finally overthrew the dictator on Jan. 1, 1959, turning a new page in the Cuban history.
The book will have 25 chapters and include many photographs, maps and diagrams on the types of weapons used by both sides.
Castro said he worked on the text during his recovery from a serious illness in 2006, when Raul Castro took over and assumed duties of the country's leader.
"I thought it would take months to publish it, but now I know it will come out in early August," Castro wrote.
The former Cuban leader said he was "now encouraged to continue writing the second part of the story, which should be named The Final Strategic Counteroffensive, if the team does not suggest another name."
"I did not want to wait to respond to the numerous questions about my childhood, adolescence and youth, and how I became a revolutionary and armed combatant," he said.
Castro, who turns 84 in August, returned in early July to public life.