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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  706 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Cumbe é uma obra para ampliar possibilidades de leitura e visões sobre o passado. Suas histórias sobre resistência negra e africana contra a escravidão lançam uma outra perspectiva a respeito deste grupo. A resistência de muitos africanos escravizados contra o sistema de trabalho forçado acontecia de modo direto, como a ação dos mocambos, e indireto, como as pequenas ações ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 2014 by Editora Veneta
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Jon Nakapalau
Slavery in Brazil is examined through the stories of slaves who escaped - one way or another. Heartbreaking and profoundly dark, yet still filled with the beauty of human triumph in the face of institutional evil.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, history
three of the four stories involve violence against women. one of these involves the rape and murder of a young girl. I understand that these stories were inspired by the very real brutality of slavery, but it seemed like all the women in this book were defined by the violence they had suffered at the hands of men. I wish the author had included more about women-led resistance.
Jesse Richards
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really fascinating, especially since I didn't really know anything before about the history of Brazil or slavery in South America. ...more
I really like comics that explore largely-unknown subjects, especially historical ones. I can't remember where I first found out about this title, but when I discovered the subject matter, I was immediately intrigued.

I think why I didn't love this more than I did is because I was expecting straight up non-fiction and a more... academic sensibility to this. This is more in line with narrative non-fiction, or historical fiction (though it's obvious that a lot of research went into these stories a
brian annan
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
emotionally crushing. sublimely beautiful. full of truth and sadness. supremely illustrated. an essential.
Edward Sullivan
Four bold, brutal tales about slavery in Brazil and those who resisted.
Ron Turner
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some folks have complained that it's too dark. For fuck's sake, it's about slavery. Of course it aint rosy. That's why I liked it. You want Wonder Woman. Go somewhere else. You want to learn about the brutality of rape and despair, read on. My only nitpick is that it's so short and it used end notes instead of annotations. I'd rather learn about something right there on the page then get all the way to the end and stumble upon it. ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales from Brazilian slave revolts through very powerful b & w graphics.
A gorgeously inked black-and-white graphic short collection. The stories are sad and very violent, and probably reflecting the norm for African slaves everywhere, including in Brazil in 1500s-1800s. But these are also stories of resistance, honor, dignity, pride and hope. We still have a long way to go.
Maggie Gordon
Run For It is a brutal book about slavery in Brazil. It does not shy away from the historical horrors that occurred, and it is quite direct about the inhuman violence slaves were subjected to. I have two unfortunate criticisms. First, women are almost always shown merely as victims of violence. They play a substantially lesser role in the rebellion narratives, and most end up dead. Second, many of these stories could use a few more pages to flesh out what is going on. There's too many narrative ...more
Dan Clark
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marcelo d'Salete's put together quite the piece of art with Run For It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought For Their Freedom. His panel work takes some time to get used to, especially how he incorporates the passage of time. Once you can settle in there is some you can see the emotion that was put on the page. Considering the subject matter it would be easy to settle in with the tragedy of these stories but there is an element of celebration of the human will in the worse possible circumstances and th ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This graphic Novel, Run For It, is a heart-wrenching look into the past of slavery, specifically Brazilian slavery. There are four stories: Kalunga, Sumidouro, Cumbe, and Malungo which use stark illustrations of the pain, suffering, and sacrifices that were made to have the freedom that was rightfully theirs in the first place.
Rod Brown
This collection of short stories does a pretty good job of portraying the horror and brutality of slavery in Brazil with murder, suicide, infanticide and a bloody uprising, but unfortunately for me, the endings always meander off into symbolism and magical realism. My brain just does not really process that sort of storytelling, so this sort of book will never really satisfy me.
3.5 rating; Trigger warning for sexual abuse.

I think for the amount of sexual abuse towards women that is shown in this, it sadly still focuses largely on the male counterparts of the stories. Really beautifully created and sad illustrations and stories.
Jerrie Kumalah
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Beautiful graphic novel. I especially loved how much was told through the art.
Beautifully illustrated, heart wrenching stories, a quick but worthwhile read.
This is a brutal and beautiful glimpse of black resistance to slavery in Brazil.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The isn't the kind of book you really enjoy so much as appreciate. The art is beautiful and expressive and stories horrific. ...more
Thee Princess
I will rate a book that can be so powerful to others. This book is sad and depicts a lot of pain for that I will not discredit that pain with a rating.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel tells stories about slavery in Brazil. It doesn't shy away from the brutality and abuse that slaves endured and, the spaces of resistance they created through armed rebellion, establishing communities of escaped slaves and employing spiritual practices on their captors.

I found the elegance of the black and white illustrations enhanced suited the the stories well.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dark comic, like slavery was... Short stories very silent and darkly poetic, but with the beauty of the human triumph over the evil of the institutional evil. beautiful black & white art, that might seems poor in the first pages, but takes you inside the story in n time. This comic shows the escape of the slaves to their secrets settlements, but as well the violence, especially against woman. A must read
A soul confined must rebel either in a thousand little ways that build bridges between days or in one all in run for freedom. This heart-breaking graphic novel about the impact of slavery in Brazil, contains four stories where souls RUN FOR IT in various ways. The illustrations are spare like the characters lives, with thick lines that cannot be broken and set up in such a way that the reader often feels encircled. If you pick one story to read I’m not sure you’d be that impressed. Just as runni ...more

And today I'm going to be doing a brief overview of a very very interesting book, namely Run for it: Stories of Slaves Who Fought For Their Freedom by Marcelo D'Salete

A collection of short stories dealing with the life of slaves, escaping of slaves and killing of slaves between 1500 and 1800 in Brazil - apparently, the last country to actually outlaw slavery in the Americas.

Not an introductory text, or even a really storytelling text, much of what appears to be going on in this book goes unsaid,
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This has a lot of elements I usually really enjoy in comics: lots of wordless panels, a bibliography, a glossary, non-fiction-ish subject. However, my resounding confusion throughout the book didn't allow me to enjoy it too much. It's clear it was well-researched by the creator but most of the time I just didn't know what was going on. The book is a quick read on the surface, but I went back to look each story over with the aid of the glossary to see if I understood everything correctly so I spe ...more
Dakota Morgan
Important tales of Brazilian slaves are wrapped up in a package of mediocre illustrations and undercooked storytelling in Run For It.

I suppose I really shouldn't complain about the art since that's just my own opinion - others might find the spare, black-and-white illustrations dazzling. The storytelling is similarly spare - to the point of being extremely hard to follow. Wordless panels and no introductory text make it difficult to identify who the main character is, much less identify with th
Nate Ciesinski
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The overall book was really good. The pictures in the book really expressed the horrors of slavery. But also the resistance and the courage to fight for there freedom against these brazilian slave holders. The book is really touching even though there is very few dialouge.
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This deserves a serious review, the stories told through breathtaking illustrations have earned a special place in my heart, in many occasions text is not needed because the drawings say enough, this is not cheesy or exaggerated pleaseeee read this!
Nathan Albright
This is the sort of book that is designed to appeal to contemporary sensibilities of self-hating whites and blacks who want to point to the dignity and bravery of Afro-Brazilians in the face of the brutality of slavery.  I tend to have a strongly different political worldview than the person who wrote/illustrated this particular work, which takes Brazilian stories about slaves and turns them into manga.  This book appears to be aimed at those who would want to read affirming and somewhat dark st ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
It is possible to read this graphic novel in less than an hour - but its powerful message will stay with the reader forever. The four chapters that comprise the work deal with aspects of slavery in Brazil, and how African cultural and social practices persisted and strengthened the lives of the slaves. There is tragedy and cruelty, fantasy and reality in the book - but mostly, hopelessness. For example, the doors of the totally bare (that is, no furniture whatsoever) barracks -like structures th ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Originally published in Portuguese back in 2014 this got translated into English with much fanfare. I have to say that I am confused by the hype around this book. With this being a graphic novel, the first thing you are drawn (excuse the pun) to is the art work, and if we’re being honest the art work is mediocre at best and often appears like childish scrawlings and it is often difficult to see what is going on in the panels as they were so dark.

So this can be understood if the author has a won
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Marcelo D’Salete (São Paulo, 1979) é autor de histórias em quadrinhos e professor de artes visuais na Escola de Aplicação, instituição pública de ensino fundamental e médio, do Museu de Arte Contemporânea da USP. É autor ainda dos títulos Cumbe, que aborda a resistência negra contra a escravidão no Brasil colônia, Encruzilhadas, que retrata a juventude negra marginalizada das grandes cidades, e d ...more

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