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3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  171 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
In October 1958, a young German journalist arrives in Havana, Cuba, setting out to meet and interview Fidel Castro on behalf of a German newspaper. He finds himself in a country plunged into revolution. From the viewpoint of this young journalist, Kleist presents a detailed look at the life and politics of the Cuban 'Maximo Lider' Fidel Castro, from his childhood to the pr ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Selfmadehero (first published 2010)
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Rubens Mazzini
Nov 01, 2015 Rubens Mazzini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: história, quadrinhos
Excelente obra tanto do ponto de vista artístico - desenho e roteiro - quanto do ponto de vista histórico. Os autores fazem uma narrativa criativa da história de Fidel Castro e da revolução cubana a partir da visão do personagem, Karl - um jornalista alemão que se apaixona pela causa e acaba casando com uma cubana revolucionária, Júlia - a qual mais tarde se desilude com a revolução e foge para Miami. O roteiro se baseia em profunda pesquisa histórica. O roteirista, Volker Skierka, autor de "Fid ...more
Stewart Tame
This was interesting, but fairly bland. Since Castro is such a polarizing figure, I can appreciate that he would be difficult to write about. No matter how scrupulously fair and balanced the writing, the pro-Castro faction will complain that he wasn't praised enough, and the anti-Castro forces will settle for nothing less than total demonization. Kleist, fortunately, does his best to ignore both extremes and focus on telling the story as well as he is able. Our point of view on the story is a yo ...more
Dec 09, 2013 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good start for anyone interested in Cuba's struggle. The graphic novel is presented chiefly from the struggle within Cuba. Outside influences such as the USA and Russia are presented as catalysts for change after Castro takes power.

The illustrations are interesting, thick black lines and edges are applied on most frames. The best were some of the speech scenes as bold text sprays from Castro's limbs. The graphics flow from the distinctive caricature elements of the characters.

Devon H
These drawings were in a very different style than what I am used to seeing for graphic novels, but the style was very pertinent to the story line. Lots of sharp angles, and the style fit in perfectly with the way Castro and Che are portrayed in the media.

A biography, this story was told from a fictional perspective of a photo journalist who traveled alongside Castro during the Cuban revolution and told the biographical story of Castro’s life, adventures and misadventures. I like how the author
Jul 17, 2016 Sonic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When people are vilified by the media, here in the U.S., I know I am getting a distorted picture. So this was not only interesting as a biography, but I felt like I was getting a more objective perspective than what has usually been available.
This was well done, much stronger IMO than his Cash bio, which I also enjoyed.
R A Lynch
May 28, 2016 R A Lynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been in Havana last year I appreciated the artist impression of a city which has changed little since Castro came to power. Settings like the Coppelia ice-cream parlour and the Malecon waterfront along with the 50s cars brought the story alive and will give the reader who hasn't been to Cuba a sense of what it looks and feels like even now.

Castro's story is told in a fairly even handed way, balancing ideals and failure to live up to ideals in the rise and fall, that comes from the movemen
Soobie's heartbroken
Che sofferenza!!

Cuba e Fidal Castro sono un altro di quegli argomenti di cui la sottoscritta conosce poco o nulla. Quindi questo romanzo grafico è capitato proprio a fagiolo. Se dico anche che la mia idea di Che Guevara è ancora più vaga...

Di Kleist avevo già letto Cash: I see a darkness. La storia era stata utile per scoprire il personaggio di Johnny Cash ma era stata una sofferenza anche quello.

Qua si parte da un giornalista tedesco che arriva a Cuba prima della rivoluzione castrista e viene c
Richard Archambault
Well-drawn, well-written. Sad that someone with such strong convictions was also so stubborn, but I guess the two go hand in hand.
Jan 24, 2016 Olivia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative and truly nuanced, but a bit difficult to follow.
Sehr informativ, aber für meinen Geschmack ein bisschen steif erzählt, im Vergleich zu Autoren wie zum Beispiel Joe Sacco. Etwas schwierig finde ich auch das Verhältnis von Fakt und Fiktion, das mir nicht ganz klar geworden ist. Ist Castros Monolog am Schluss zum Beispiel authentisch? Und wenn nicht, könnte er dann authentisch sein, basiert er auf seinen verbürgten Ansichten -oder ist er frei erfunden? Trotzdem habe ich auf angenehme Weise einiges gelernt und bin gespannt auf Kleists andere Grap ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Tazitazitazi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Ova knjiga je interesantna kao kronologija Castrova života, ali ne daje nikakav komentar na lik i djelo (ili ga barem nisam upijela iščitati). Ostavila me je s dojmom da je Castro tragičan lik, a Kuba neuspjeli eksperiment. Taj dojam sam stekla na temelju nekoliko zadnjih stranica u kojima Castro na kraju svog životnog puta dane provodi u brendiranoj odjeći (adidasovoj trenirci) koja je simbol svega protiv čega se borio svoj cijeli život.
Jun 22, 2016 Cayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Takeways: Che Guevara is a fucking moron, Fidel Castro is a prideful asshole who can't admit when he's wrong, and reality trumps idealism. Props to Obama, though. I really can't wait for the younger generations of Cuba call bullshit on Castro's garbage and put an end to it.
Jul 15, 2012 Germancho rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Great stuff; it's an unbiased and powerful account of the history of Castro and the Cuban revolution. It has a really rough (and implausible) beginning, but after 80 or so pages it finds its stride.
Aug 26, 2012 G. rated it really liked it
Epic and well rounded telling of rise and staying power of Castro. Beautifully drawn and pretty well-rounded, this is an excellent way to get past the headlines and to the man himself.
Nov 02, 2013 Amna rated it really liked it
Was both informative and interesting to read, though it was too choppy when jumping between the past and present.
Sep 06, 2013 Komuniststar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, history
ni vrit ni mimo, malo o kubi, malo o revolciji malo više o Castru
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