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Cumbé: A Graphic Novel From the Perspective of Brazilian Slaves

Alyssa Klein | Okay Africa   in  · ·
April 9, 2015

Last week Hyperallergic reported on an illustrated portrait of slavery in Brazil. Cumbé, by black Brazilian teacher, illustrator and comic book author Marcelo d’Salete, is a 176-page black-and-white graphic novel told from the perspectives of black slaves resisting their oppressors. “To build a new visualization of black people is to subvert the old image of the black in Brazilian history,” d’Salete told Hyperallergic. “I want to show them not only as victims, but also as protagonists.1

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