2018 Eisner Award Winner: Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Run for It—a starkly stunning graphic novel by internationally acclaimed illustrator Marcelo d’Salete—is one of the first literary and artistic efforts to confront Brazil’s hidden history of slavery. Seen through the eyes of its victims, Run for It tells of ordinary slaves who rebel against their masters. Run for It’s vivid illustrations and magical realism engage the reader’s poetic imagination through stories of individual suffering caused by the horrors of slavery.
Originally published in Brazil—where it was nominated for three of the country’s most prestigious comics awards—Run for It has awed readers worldwide. These intense tales offer a tragic and gripping portrait of one of history’s darkest corners. It’s hard to look away.
"Run for It is a beautiful, brutal, and profound work of art that ensures that the legacy of brave men and women who refused to relinquish their humanity will not disappear." — Publishers Weekly
"Run For It is easily one of the most beautifully illustrated comics of the year. But the book isn’t simply gorgeous to look at: D’Salete uses his compelling images to move readers and to inform them. Overall, the book is an incredibly accomplished work of cartooning." — The A.V. Club
"D’Salete’s bold and graphic journey reveals that even if artistic expression can’t change the past, it can certainly convey it in a new, more accurate and generative light." — Huffington Post
"These gruesome tales offer a tragic but illuminating portrait of Brazil’s black origin. It’s hard to look away." — Hyperallergic
"Centering on resistance of blacks to Brazil’s history of enslavement over the course of centuries, the four stories here all tell of individuals and groups who fought or made a break for it. Words are minimal, and the images live in a stark white world slowly being encroached upon by smudges of shadow. The image-intensive approach forces readers to slow down and take in the complex visual experience, which taps more deeply into emotion and renders the tales all the more accessible." — Booklist
“These brutal and tragic tales, reported through the eyes of the victims, lend context to the ongoing fight for individual liberties worldwide.” — Library Journal