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Fantagraphics collects the graphic novel Perramus — winner of an Amnesty International prize — in English for the first time.
This graphic novel follows the existential odyssey of a political dissident. When he voluntarily loses his memory, he's dubbed "Perramus" from the brand of his raincoat. During his absurdist travels, he teams up with the gruff Cannelloni; a foreign aviator dubbed "The Enemy" by despot Mr. Whitesnow; and the blind author "Borges" (based on the real-life literary figure), who comes to be a guide. This motley crew journeys to outlandish locales where they encounter a variety of eccentric characters — including a director of trailers for films that will never exist; a guerilla fbeforce of circus folk, clowns, and puppeteers; a tin-pot dictator with a vast fortune built on an empire of excrement; and Ronald Reagan. This highly anticipated collection is an act of resistance in and of itself — it was created while Argentina's military dictatorship was still in power. Perramus is a cartooning tour de force, with a revolutionary message that remains vital to this day.
About the Author
Alberto Breccia (1919–1993) was born in Uruguay and grew up in Argentina. With Hugo Pratt, he cofounded Pan-American School of Arts in Buenos Aires and the Instituto de Arte.
Born Adolfo González Chaves in 1945) Juan Sasturain lives in Buenos Aires. His many professions include university professor, TV host, editor, journalist, and writer. He is a recipient of the prestigious Konex award, one of Argentina’s highest honors.
Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist, who holds an MFA in poetry from Brown University and an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa. Their English translation of the Argentine graphic novel The Eternaut won a 2016 Eisner Award.
This first and complete English translation of Breccia (The Eternaut) and writer and TV host Sasturain's sprawling, Swiftian satire pulses with fury. This bawdy epic plunges the reader into the suffering soul of a nation.
— Publishers Weekly
Breccia's panels are revolutionary in their combination of precision and expressionistic energy. — PopMatters