Hailed for his iconic art on the cover of Time and on jumbotrons around the world, Edel Rodriguez is among the most prominent political artists of our age. Now for the first time, he draws his own life, revisiting his childhood in Cuba and his family’s passage on the infamous Mariel Boatlift. When Edel was nine, Fidel Castro announced his surprising decision to let 125,000 traitors of the revolution, or ‘worms,’ leave the country. The faltering economy and Edel’s family’s vocal discomfort with government surveillance had made their daily lives on a farm outside Havana precarious and they secretly planned to leave. Through vivid, stirring art, ‘Worm’ tells a story of a boyhood in the midst of the Cold War, of a family’s displacement in exile and of their tenacious longing for those they left behind.

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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.

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Weight 41 g
Dimensions 24 × 16.5 cm










709.2 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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