Brazilian Authors Series – Marcelo D’Salete
Professor, illustrator and author of comic books, Marcelo D’Salete started his career in 2008, with the release in Brazil and Argentina of “Noite Luz” (Night Light) (Via Lettera Editora), a book of urban stories involving a night club. Ten years later, he won the Eisner Award 2018 for the publication of “Cumbe” (2014), and in 2017 he won the Jabuti Award in the Comic Books category for “Angola Janga”, his most recent work. Marcelo is also the writer of “Encruzilhada” (Crossroad) (2016), addressing violence, black youth and discrimination in big cities.
Themes important to the contemporary society and reflections on History are a constant presence in his works. “Cumbe”, for example, presents stories of enslaved Africans and their culture and customs, and it was published in Portugal, France, Italy, Austria and the USA by publishing houses Polvo, Çà et Là, BeccoGiallo, Bahoe Books and Fantagraphics, respectively. Marcelo had the idea for the book during a Brazilian History course focused on black population, and it tells stories of enslaved Africans and their culture and customs. Besides the Eisner Award, “Cumbe” was also nominated to the HQmix Awards 2015 (Brazil) in the categories of comic artist, writer and national edition and to the Rudolph Dirks Awards 2017 (Germany) in the writer category. He was also selected for the Plano Ler+, an initiative to promote reading in schools in Portugal.
During the production of “Cumbe”, Marcelo undertook several historic researches on the slavery period, Colonial Brazil and the conflicts among Portuguese explorers, Indigenous people and African slaves brought from Congo and Angola. The information gathered was sufficient for him to write another book: “Angola Janga – uma história dos Palmares” (Angola Janga – A History of Palmares). The artist’s intention with this latter comic book was to tell the story of old dwellings of Brazilian fugitive slaves known as ‘Palmares’, an attempt to go beyond the character of Zumbi dos Palmares and tell the story of many other characters who were also important in that history, such as Ganga Zumba, Ganga Zona and governors.
“Understanding better these characters is important if we want to comprehend the diversity of Palmares, the strategic attempts of such people and the proximity and direct connection among Brazil, Portugal and Angola. Some battles that were taking place in Angola that time had a direct effect on the what would happen in Brazil, since many of such Africans would end up here”, adds up Marcelo.
About the Series: Brazilian Authors
In order to stimulate knowledge about Brazilian contemporary literature, Brazilian Publishers, an industry project that promotes exports of Brazilian editorial content through a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), created the series “Brazilian Authors”, which brings information about current national writers.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, the Brazilian Publishers is an industry project that promotes exports of Brazilian editorial content through a partnership between Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). The purpose of the initiative is promoting the Brazilian publishing sector in the global market in an oriented and articulated manner, contributing to the professionalization of publishing houses.