Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita Cover

Chico & Rita

By Javier Mariscal; Fernando Trueba

Harry N. Abrams, Hardcover, 9781906838294, 216pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2012


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.

About the Author
Javier Mariscal is one of the most highly respected illustrators and designers working in Spain today. His work covers a multitude of disciplines, from graphic and industrial design to textiles, furniture, interiors, animation and multi-media projects. In this, his first cookbook, he celebrates the vibrancy of the Mediterranean with an explosion of colour and exuberance.