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By Reinhard Kleist

Translated by Michael Waaler

Paperback with flaps, 288 pp, £14.99

"We'll be heroes or martyrs…"

Few personalities of the 20th century have had such a polarising effect or can look back on such an eventful and contradictory life as the former Cuban revolutionary and head of state, Fidel Castro. Reinhard Kleist portrays the Máximo Líder's world-changing life with intense energy: from the young Fidel's first attempt to incite a workers' uprising on his father's finca, to his victorious revolution against the Batista regime, the CIA's failed Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, right up to the decades of deprivation and the persecution of political dissenters who, in increasing opposition to Castro's ideals, appeared to stand for a more just society.

Reinhard Kleist

Reinhard Kleist lives and works as a freelance comics artist and illustrator in Berlin. His international breakthrough graphic novel Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness was nominated for the Eisner and Harvey Awards and received the Max und Moritz Prize for Best German-language Comic. With The Boxer, he became the first cartoonist to receive the German Youth Literature Prize. Kleist’s other books include Castro, Nick Cave: Mercy on Me, An Olympic Dream and Knock Out!, all of which are also published in English by SelfMadeHero.


"Inevitably Castro dominates, and Kleist does a fine job of rendering the self-belief that both fuelled him and led this avowed lover of freedom into brutal crackdowns."
— The Guardian