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Cuban dictator Fidel Castro

The Penguin Group plans to publish Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s memoirs in the United Kingdom next year in what it is billing as “the autobiography of 2007.”

The publisher is promising a candid exploration of everything from Castro’s earliest influences to his relationship with Ernesto “Che” Guevara, his views of other world leaders and his thoughts on issues such as the death penalty and homosexuality.

Journalist Ignacio Ramonet conducted a series of interviews for the book. Penguin claims Castro with the collaborator on the text, and the book is told in Castro’s words.

Editor Will Goodlad at Allen Lane said: “Ramonet managed to do what everyone has tried to do before: get Fidel to sit down and talk through his whole life story.”

Extra material is being added to the book following events since Castro temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul in July after intestinal surgery.

“My Life” by Fidel Castro with Ignacio Ramonet will be published on March 29 in the United Kingdom. An earlier Spanish-language version of the book has already been released in Spain.

No word from the Penguin Group on whether its U.S. arm would bring the book to market in America.

Time magazine recently quoted a U.S. official as saying Castro “has terminal cancer and will never return to power.”

The official said: “Certainly we have heard this, that this guy has terminal cancer.”

The 80-year-old Cuban dictatorr had a serious abdominal surgery July 31. His health has since generated much speculation.

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