Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita

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by Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba
     
 

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood, and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

Javier Mariscal’s art

Overview

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood, and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

Javier Mariscal’s art perfectly captures the steamy, vibrant atmosphere of 1940s Havana and transports the reader back to a time filled with music and romance. Based on the true story of Grammy Award–winning Cuban pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdes, this graphic novel is adapted from the animated feature film Chico & Rita, directed by Trueba and Mariscal.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Set in 1940s Cuba and New York City, this story started out as an animated feature film about a piano player and a singer, and was nominated for an academy award. Both Cubans of African descent, the would-be lovers must deal with discrimination, exploitation, romantic rivals, and geo-cultural boundaries in order to pursue their art and each other. Their charming and poignant romance is drawn with lovely bande dessinée-style color art in a simple, loose style. Nudity and sex make this one for older teens up.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906838294
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Fernando Trueba is a multiaward-winning writer, director, and producer, with a career spanning more than three decades in film, television, documentaries, theater, and music. Javier Mariscal is an artist and designer working in multiple fields, including illustration, graphics, comic books, paintings, animation, interiors, product design, furniture, and web design. He has a long-standing association with the New Yorker.

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Chico & Rita: A Graphic Novel. by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Tueba 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
OSachodeKansas More than 1 year ago
Although it is not as nice as the film (I hope the film DVD will be released some time soon in the U.S., since the film made it to the Academy Awards), this graphic novel is a must: the story, the drawings... highly entertaining and engaging, especially if you are into Cuban culture or jazz. You can read it while listening to the film's soundtrack. But if you can get a hold of the film, much better.