(HAVANA) -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance on Friday to talk about his new book, Guerrilla of Time, state media reported over the weekend.
The near 1,000-page two-volume memoir spans the Communist leader's life up until 1958, one year before a Castro-led revolution ousted then leader Fulgencio Batista.
Castro dictated his memoirs to journalist Katiuska Blanco, who quotes the author as saying, "I have to take advantage now, because memory fades."
At age 85, Castro made his first public appearance in more than 10 months on state telelvision to promote the book although there was no audio of him speaking.
Castro stepped down from power in 2006 for health reasons. His brother Raul Castro now runs the country.
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