Sunday, March 6, 2016

Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg

Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg
author: Kate Evans
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.05
book published: 2015
rating: 4
read at: 2016/03/06
date added: 2016/03/06
shelves: graphic-novels, non-fiction
I don't read a lot of books about feminist socialists, but when I was given a chance to read and review 'Red Rosa' by Kate Evans, I was intrigued and approached the work with an open mind.

Rosa Luxemburg was a radical socialist at the beginning of the last century. At the age of 15 she was exiled from her homeland of Poland for her part in a general strike. She eventually made her way to Germany where she tried desperately to intervene, as best she could with no vote, in a society bent on war. She was a teacher and writer and eventual martyr to her cause.

The art is at times a bit garish and uneven, but that only makes this feel like a more personal work. It takes a while for the story to get moving, and there are kind of unexplained gaps in the narrative. An odd thing happens when the author/illustrator jumps into the middle of a scene. It's jarring and I felt a bit unnecessary. Still, the story of Rosa turns out to be a moving one, and the book shows her passion for her ideals. The end of the book has an extensive collection of notes to go along with the story. I appreciated the chance to learn more about this outspoken passionate woman.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Verso Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

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