Some books are so handsomely designed that they really need to be observed in video to fully comprehend. Eternaut is one such book and this shiny new English edition will be a welcome addition to your bookshelf.
Fantagraphics is proud to publish, for the first time in English, a graphic novel so powerful its main character’s image (much like Che Guevara’s) has become a potent symbol of the endless struggle against oppression; “Juan Salvo” appears on walls and in subways throughout Latin America to this day. This seminal Argentinian science fiction graphic novel was originally released as a serial from 1957–59. Juan Salvo, its inimitable protagonist, along with his friend Professor Favalli and the tenacious metalworker Franco, face what appears to be a nuclear accident, but quickly turns out to be something much bigger than they imagined. Cold War tensions, aliens of all sizes, space—and time travel—this one has it all.
“The Eternaut is considered one of the most important works of Latin American literature. Written by Héctor Germán Oesterheld, who would later be disappeared by the Argentine government, The Eternaut is the story of Juan Salvo and his struggle with a series of extraterrestrial encounters that leave him unstuck in time… in the same mode as Octavia Butler’s Parable Of The Sower, its apocalyptic lens facilitates its argument that anything can be overcome by unity, by refusing to accept oppression; it is, at the end of the day, a paean to the human spirit.” – A. V. Club
“The Eternaut may just be the most interesting graphic novel of the season… more than just a rollicking science fiction story, is a national saga for the fight for freedom from repressive government—a saga which forced Lopex to flee his native country and Oesterheld and his family to eventually lose their lives.” – Comics Beat