Run for It

Run for It

Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom

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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. These intense tales offer a tragic and gripping portrait of one of history's darkest corners.
Publisher: Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781683960492
Characteristics: 175 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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KHCPL_Doug May 24, 2018

This book is a collection of short stories, set within the world of slavery in Brazil (which looks a lot like slavery in the U.S.). I don't really know what I expected, but this was much darker and much more depressing than I expected. I think I expected something more along the lines of the underground railroad, so it would be full of stories of inspiration and the courageous people who escaped from slavery. Instead, it's a very somber and horrifying look at the desperation and the very cruel and horrid expectations of life as a slave. I didn't dislike it at all, and I'm very glad I read it. Just be prepared for the stark and brutal reality it represents.

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