Red Rosa : a graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg

by Kate Evans

Other authorsPaul Buhle (Editor,)
Paper Book, 2015


"A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. 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." --



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Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2015.

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LibraryThing member pomo58
Red Rosa by Kate Evans is a stunning work of both biography and visual art. In fact, because of the extensive appendix with citations for quotes and events in the book, this serves as an excellent research source (likely as an intro to Rosa and a springboard into other sources from the
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Rosa's ideas are expressed clearly and are at least as relevant today as they were then. Her struggles as a woman within the movement are also on display, from which we can still unfortunately learn about not discounting people because they may belong to some group.

I highly recommend this book for those interested in Rosa's thought, for those who like good biographies (in graphic form) and for those who like quality graphic novels in both the drawings and the book materials.

Reviewed from an ARC made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
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LibraryThing member adaorhell
I wish I could give this 6 stars out of 5. This was absolutely gripping and unbelievably drawn and lettered. Rosa Luxemburg is almost overwhelming as an image - a larger than life woman who was almost unreal when I started learning about leftist politics. As with Jason Lutes' Berlin - there is
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something chilling and horrifying about the banality of evil that is seeping in around the edges, especially when you know how the story ends. Edward and I stumbled upon Rosa's memorial on the edge of Tiergarten this summer when we were in Berlin, and reading Red Rosa just makes all of that seem more real, more astounding, more horrifying. Rosa is an unbelievable woman, and her words, her vicious words, are sharp and even more alive in this biography. A must read for any woman. Bravo!
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LibraryThing member the.ken.petersen
Converts are always the most enthusiastic!

For many years, I was distinctly sniffy about graphic books. They were for children, right? Wrong!!! Books like this, give a fantastic introduction to the world of Rosa Luxemburg. The images in this book are particularly good. The author has a clear empathy
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with Rosa and it flows from every page.

The great thing about it is that it doesn't stop at giving an insight into Rosa's life: it also provides an opening into her philosophy. Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist but she found herself at odds with Lenin's decision to ban anybody, or group that disagreed with him. Rosa believed that "Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for those who think differently."

In Communism, as in life, we could do with more female leadership (but NOT from Liz Truss!!!)
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LibraryThing member adriennealair
While I was glad to learn about Rosa Luxemburg’s life, ultimately this book did not work for me. I was not a fan of the art style, and most pages were pretty text-heavy. The content was a bit dense with all the theory, and towards the end it felt like a rapid succession of dates and names.


Bread and Roses Award (Shortlist — 2016)


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