Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg

Author(s): Paul Buhle (Editor); Kate Evans

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A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. To Marx's biographer Franz Mehring, no one came as close to the towering intellect of Marx himself. But she was much more than just a thinker. She made herself heard in a world inimical to the voices of strong-willed women. She overcame physical infirmity and the prejudice she faced as a Jew to become an active revolutionary whose philosophy enriched every corner of an incredibly productive and creative life - her many friendships, her sexual intimacies, and her love of science, nature and art.
Always opposed to the First World War, when others on the German left were swept up on a tide of nationalism, she was imprisoned and murdered in 1919 fighting for a revolution she knew to be doomed.
Red Rosa gives Luxemburg her due as a radical and human being. In this beautifully drawn work of graphic biography, writer and artist Kate Evans has opened up her subject's intellectual world to a new audience, grounding Luxemburg's ideas in the realities of an inspirational and deeply affecting life.


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"Utterly brilliant. Kate Evans is one of the most original talents in comics I've seen in a long time" Guardian "Wonderful. I love the way it incorporates complicated historical details into a moving biographical account" Mary M. Talbot, author of Dotter of Her Father's Eyes "Five stars. The perfect book for [the] socialist-curious...What Rosa Luxemburg wrote about and predicted is scarily relevant today." John Yohe, Comics Bulletin "[Rosa] gets her due in a full-length graphic novel biography...Red Rosa fits comfortably in this fall theme of feminist representation in graphic novels and comics." Sarah S. Ward, BookRiot "If the bedrock of this biography is its combination of Marxist theory and historical narrative - including but not limited to Luxemburg's participation in the international socialist movement, German politics, and the Russian Revolution of 1905 - the motherlode is its touching portrayal of a woman who sacrificed her life for her beliefs." Jan Herman, Arts Journal "If you have ever wanted to learn about Rosa Luxemburg, this book is the perfect entry point...Kate Evans has made the stirring story of Rosa Luxemburg's legacy accessible to a new generation of readers. No matter how powerful the adversaries or steep the challenge, Luxemburg's passion for social and economic justice remained." Randy Shaw, Beyond Chron

Paul Buhle, formerly a senior lecturer at Brown University, produces radical comics, and is a recipient of an Eisner Award, the comics industry's Oscars. He founded the SDS Journal Radical America and the archive Oral History of the American Left and, with Mari Jo Buhle, is coeditor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Madison. Kate Evans is a radical cartoonist, artist, author, and activist. She draws a weekly strip for The Morning Star (UK) and feature-length cartoons in The Spark magazine. She is the author of numerous books, comics and zines including Funny Weather: Everything you Didn't Want to Know About Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out , and The Food of Love.

General Fields

  • : 9781784780999
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Verso Trade
  • : November 2015
  • : 254mm X 177mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 144
  • : illustrated throughout
  • : Paul Buhle (Editor); Kate Evans
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 741.5/942