Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format.
More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.
Held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, there are over 500,000 copies of Kindred in print. The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere.
Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.
Octavia E. Butler
Harry N. Abrams
Harry N. Abrams
Harry N. Abrams
Harry N. Abrams
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For my first graphic novel read ever, this was a heavy but excellent representation of a dark time in history. While it's hard to call this "great reading experience" as sometimes that experience was painful, I could enjoy the story for what is was meant to be. I read the original book "Kindred" by Octavia Butler a couple of years ago and I just remember being so moved by this book that I was sobbing. I truly felt connected to the characters and the time travel aspect, etc. I apologize in advance if a majority of this review might be to compare the novel to the adaptation, that's just how my brain things.
Even with my high expectations, this graphic novel really brought it to life. I enjoyed flipping through all of the images on the pages, although I do have to admit that it was an intense graphic experience. Would not recommend this for the younger readers, but you know that going into this. The characters were always the ones who made it for me in...
This book definitely takes a graphic version from the Octavia Butler's written book. The illustration was great and kept the story through and through. The basis of the story is that a woman named Dana has been transported in the past during slavery days to help out as well as learning her ancestors. She embarks the reality of her ancestor's past while experiencing the slavery lifestyle. I would definitely recommend anyone to read this and hopefully more of her works would turn into graphic novels too.
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