"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." --
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.
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
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!!!)