Edel Rodriguez


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Orion Publishing Co
7 November 2023
ISBN: 9781474616720
304 pages

From the publisher

From the iconic, award-winning artist and designer, a graphic memoir of leaving Cuba, becoming American, and fighting for freedom, here and there.

'Exhilarating, immensely powerful, gorgeous' PHILIPPE SANDS

'Belongs in the pantheon that MAUS built' PRINT MAGAZINE
'Shocking, brilliant, soul-shattering . . . this book is so good' CHIP KIDD

When Fidel Castro opened the Mariel harbour to let Cubans sail for America, Edel Rodriguez and his family took their chance. From the town of El Gabriel to the Mariel port to a rickety shrimping boat bound for Florida, they joined the 1980 boatlift, becoming 'worms', as Castro called the departing Cubans.

Years later, Edel Rodriguez has become one of the most prominent political artists of our age, hailed for his iconic work on the cover of Time and on jumbotrons around the world. In stunning visual detail, Worm tells his story - of a boyhood in Cold War Cuba, of a family's courage and displacement and of coming of age as an artist, activist, and American.