Translated from the German, Castro is the first graphic novel to depict the revolutionary life of Fidel Castro. This is the first North American edition; the first English-language edition was published by Selfmade Hero in the UK in 2011 (it was never released outside of Europe).
The announcement in December 2014 by President Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro that the US and Cuba would begin a process of normalizing relations has propelled Cuba back into the American spotlight, 55 years after the Cuban revolution of 1959.
The book reveals the life of Castro as seen through the eyes of a German journalist visiting the country as it is thrust into revolution in 1958. We witness Castro’s intellectual coming of age as a young man; his charismatic ascent to power after the revolution; his confrontation with and subsequent falling-out with America and, later, post-Soviet Russia; and his defiant, divisive later years, finally retiring in 2008 due to poor health.
Author Kleist visited Cuba in 2008, which provided rich material for this graphic novel. Kleist is well regarded as a comics artist in his home country of Germany and elsewhere; the subject matter of his graphic novels include Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.