Castro publishes memoirs

2010-08-03 10:17

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has published the first instalment of his memoirs, an 896-page tome recounting the armed struggle against dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Castro ruled the island from the military victory of January 1 1959 until he retired in 2006 because of serious illness.

He presented The Strategic Victory at a ceremony in Havana attended by comandantes Ramiro Valdes, Guillermo Garcia and other former guerrillas who fought with him in the Sierra Maestra.

“It brought back many memories,” he said.

Castro, who will turn 84 on August 13, has appeared several times in public during the past month after nearly four years of absence during his recuperation.

On Sunday, he met Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and gave him an dedicated copy of his book.

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