Review: Kate Evans, Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg (2015)

Garvey, John

Publisher:  Insurgent Notes
Date Written:  05/03/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19026

Red Rosa does not aspire to be an authoritative biography but, perhaps as a result, it is a more compelling book. What's compelling about it? The graphics have a lot to do with it; it's an extended comic strip (although the author might take offense with that characterization). The events, both intimate and very public, of Luxemburg’s life and the words and deeds of her political activity are portrayed in vivid graphics. When reading the book, it's impossible to feel detached from them. At the same time, those events, words and deeds are presented seriously, without trivialization. This is no "Rosa Luxemburg for Dummies."

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