Red Rosa

A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg

Paperback, 220 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2015

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4 stars (13 reviews)

"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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Review of 'Red Rosa' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I really enjoyed this, saw a lot of wonderful moments from Rosa's life, and appreciated quotes from her writings used as dialogue. I am always shocked by just how many women have been in abusive relationships, she was so strong. Her conviction in her beliefs and the power of education is admirable There is a bit too much focus on her romantic life, and sometimes here are large/confusing jumps in time or place.

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5 stars

reading this has made me want to read some of luxemburg's actual writings; which i suppose is largely the point of it.

the art is kind of unusual but works and is often dynamic & expressive

if you're going to read the endnotes (i recommend it; they are interesting) i think a good way would be, to read the notes for every section after you read one; they're a bit dense to read after every page, and of course you'll have to remind yourself of the context if you leave reading them to the end

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5 stars

A really enjoyable graphic biography, with plenty of notes to contextualize the pull quotes from Rosa's writing that are interspersed throughout the dialogue and narration. A great introduction to Luxemburg as a theorist, which emphasizes her work filling in certain gaps she noted in Marxist theory, and Luxemburg's history as an organizer and activist, putting her considerable skills at oration to work in the movement.

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