Kate Evans’ elegant visual storytelling and understanding of the subject matter informs every aspect of the book, creating an engrossing, full-bodied reading experience. An illuminating glimpse at a marginalized chapter of world history, Red Rosa should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of social activism. BrokenFrontier.com
It is Luxemburg’s ethical response to the world in which she found herself – and her commitment to (in her own words) ‘burden the conscience of the affluent with all the suffering and all the hidden bitter tears’ of the oppressed – that remains her most inspiring legacy for today’s activists, and which Evans’ book captures so vividly. Peace News
Fanciful stylistic touches echoing Chagall’s paintings serve to narrate events too huge and complex to be drawn with journalistic realism. The 1905 Russian Revolution and WWI appear here as spirals and waves, as film footage, or in miniature as Luxemburg’s unruly hair, as seen in the cover image, literally “on her mind.” These huge events that defy realism call for a different… Eyedrum Periodically
Evans deals with theory in graphic form. She doesn’t shy away from giving theory the spotlight, and she is quite adept at unfolding, panel by panel, some extremely important, sometimes dense Marxian principles… Evans’s drawings give abstractions a living quality that makes them intelligible: an unattended tea kettle represents capitalism’s tendency for booms and busts, a lit candle the dialectical opposite of darkness…L A Review of Books
Kate Evans has produced a graphic biography Red Rosa to bring the life, times and ideas of Rosa Luxemburg alive in a vivid and striking manner text alone will never match for impact and engagement. Philosophy Football
Luxemburg’s discussion of credit under monopoly capitalism is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why the capitalist economy crashed in 2007-2008 and why it will crash again. Her unrelenting opposition to imperial war and disgust with those who call themselves socialist yet support such wars is an inspiration… Counterpunch
Red Rosa by Kate Evans is a work of flat out brilliance; a fuller story of a great life than I’d thought to see. Rosa’s mighty spirit and towering intellect – both much in evidence as she took on Lenin, no less, over the nationalist question – shine through every page… Steel City scribblings.
Evans’ account pays close attention to the social milieu within which Luxemburg operated, along with the political debates that she took part in. I was especially impressed by her presentation of her (and Marx’s) ideas about commodities, class relations, and the contradictions of capitalism. Her book also does a fine job… New Politics.
Red Rosa is extensively researched and presents the public and private Luxemburg in her own words, taken from her works and letters. It highlights how her thinking on economics was far ahead of its time. Long before the terms “military industrial complex” and “globalisation” were coined, Luxemburg talked about a… Jewish Chronicle.
This superb graphic novel not only succeeds in telling the life story of the Marxist theorist and revolutionary socialist, Rosa Luxemburg, but also manages to advance many of the central tenants behind her beliefs in a clear and concise manner. She was born to a Jewish family in Poland… The Crack Magazine
Luxemburg sought to “affect people like a clap of thunder” in a political landscape where revolution competed with reform. An obvious question when approaching a new book on Luxemburg is whether her activism still speaks to us today. After reading Kate Evans’ new graphic novel, Red Rosa, the answer is clearly yes… Beyond Chron.
“There’s only one tiny, limping, Jewish girl spreading the socialist word,” Rosa Luxemburg’s Polish comrades tell her in Kate Evans’s graphic biography, Red Rosa. Rosa Luxemburg’s Jewishness, her gender, her astounding intellect and independence, even her limp, all served to make her notorious among her political enemies; they also made… Bookslut.com
The People’s Shortlist of must-read inspiring books 1) The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell. 2) Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg – Kate Evans. 3) The Moth Snowstorm – Michael McCarthy. 4) Orison for a Curlew – Horatio Clare. 5) 23 Things they Don’t Tell you About Capitalism – Ha Joon Chang… Caroline Lucas
Red Rosahas 23 pages of doubled-columned scholarly notes at the back of the book explaining the basis of virtually every dialogue balloon and every panel of narrative. When you readRed Rosa,flipping between the notes and the narrative, it feels like a hologram of ideas because you see… artsjournal.com
Who was Rosa Luxemburg? In Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg, the artist and writer Kate Evans and editor Paul Buhle have produced a magnificent answer. It provides, with great originality and flair, distinctive dimensions that help us to see Rosa Luxemburg in new ways – a remarkable accomplishment. Paul le Blanc, Socialist Worker
In a recent Morning Star interview with Kate Evans about Red Rosa, her sense of revelation at the richness and topicality of Luxemburg’s political thought and discourse was crystal clear. That sense of sisterhood grew with the design of each page and Evans’s no-holds-barred approach has resulted in a gripping narrative… Morning Star
Red Rosa, a biography of the revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg by Kate Evans (Verso), comes with praise from the cartoonist Steve Bell, Channel 4’s Paul Mason and the writer Barbara Ehrenreich. A touch wordy at times – extensive notes bulk out the text – but… it does a fine job of telling her story. The prison scenes are particularly good… Observer.
At a time when vilification of the Left is pervasive, and corporate-led capitalism seems to have triumphed resoundingly, squeezing out any space to think about better alternatives, it is good, and necessary, to have Kate Evans’s Red Rosa (Verso, £9.99), a graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg, Polish-German socialist and Marxist ideologue and founder of the ‘Spartacus League’, which was to… Independent.
The perfect book for socialist-curious: RED ROSA: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburgby Kate Evans, in the spirit of the For Beginners and Introducing graphic novel series. But this book is better! Longer, and with more detail about Luxemberg’s really fascinating life: a supersmart polish immigrant in France/Germany who got her PhD in Economics when most women couldn’t even… Comics Bulletin
She was born Rozalia Luksenburg in Poland in 1871. Against the triple historical whammy of being “a girl, a Jew, a cripple,” as Vivian Gornick put it, she opposed an overpowering intellect and a turbulent commitment to social justice. She became one of the vital thinkers of the 20th century, a Marxist theoretician without peer, a revolutionary passionately opposed to… Chicago Tribune
The most powerful idea conveyed through the contrasting aesthetics of the novel is that of the dynamic nature of social life in an era of struggle. The very ‘cramped’ and regulated manner by which we are introduced to Rosa’s world is periodically overthrown by rich artistic convulsions that spill across the page and sometimes between them, symbolic renderings of epic events, war and revolution. These shifts in style feel spontaneous, even ecstatic, and they convey the ingenious, unexpected nature of these moments when the masses are making history and not simply being made by it. Red Wedge Magazine
Who was Rosa Luxemburg?
Red Rosa: the graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg.
Author and artist: Kate Evans. Editor Paul Buhle. Verso 2015
You can buy a personalised, dedicated, beautifully packaged copy directly from the author for just £15 (including p&p) within the UK and £20 overseas.
Red Rosa has been shortlisted for the Bread and Roses award. I’ll be at the London Radical Bookfair on May 7th for the ceremony, where I’ll be giving a talk on the making of the book. I am not taking the suspense well. Will Dr Luxemburg triumph against the five other extremely wonderful books on the shortlist? Or, as is statistically more likely, will she not? ...
This March, we’re celebrating women graphic novelists in honour of International Women’s Day on the 8th. As part of our spotlight on Kate Evans, the creator of the cult hit Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg, we present the inaugural Verso podcast in collaboration with the London Review Bookshop and a giveaway competition where you can win a limited edition Rosa Luxemburg tote bags containing a copy of Red Rosa, The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg and The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg. Listen to the podcast to answer the questions below, and read on to find out how to enter! ...
To celebrate Red Rosa’s runaway success, Verso have chosen an iconic screenprint of Dr Luxemburg for their latest publicity wheeze. If you’re able to appreciate the ironic appeal of an anti-capitalist shopping bag head over to my webshop. Cheers ...
Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin. Two audio interviews about Red Rosa: Interview with Mitchel Cohen, WBIA radio New York. Francesca Rheannon: The Writer’s Voice podcast (also contains fascinating interview with Ted Rall about Edward Snowden) ...
[This interview by Colette Shade is from Broadly, the women’s bits of Vice] Doomed revolutionary, a sexual renegade, a dynamo with a limp, and a prescient critic of both capitalism and Bolshevism, Rosa Luxemburg’s extraordinary life has always deserved a wider audience. Full of travel, political drama, sexual freedom and intellectual feuds — Luxemburg’s journey out of Poland to becoming a leader of the German Communist uprising certainly contains enough excitement to fill the pages of a graphic novel. Thankfully, Kate Evans—a jovial, pink-haired British cartoonist—was commissioned to write and illustrate a biography of Luxemburg by The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation ...
America’s longest-running magazine The Nation is hosting a chunky excerpt from Red Rosa on its website. I’d not recommend reading this one if you’re intending to buy the book, because it’s got some of the absolute best bits in. Click the image to read on, at your own risk of spoilers! ...
An excerpt of Red Rosa: the graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg, featured on Truth Out. In this excerpt, the teenage Rosa Luxemburg teaches her family about Marx’s Das Kapital, explaining material and social relations and the problem of money… Click the image for more ...
[This article by Joe Macaré accompanies Truth Out’s feature of Red Rosa as its Progressive Pick] Red Rosa‘s author is British cartoonist Kate Evans, hailed by the Guardian’s Steve Bell as “one of the most original talents in comics I’ve seen in a long time.” Truthout spoke with Evans about how the project came to be, how Luxemburg’s prose inspired the book’s art and what lessons we can learn today from the life and works of this extraordinary woman. Joe Macaré: Where did the idea come from to do a graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg? Kate Evans: Red Rosa was ...
[This article was first featured in the journal e-international relations] My name was put forward as the author/artist of Red Rosa, a graphic biog-raphy of Rosa Luxemburg precisely because the editor Paul Buhle was looking for a female graphic novelist to take the project on. This article will explore how I form representations of Luxemburg’s gender identity in the work and how my lived experiences as a middle-aged woman have informed those constructions. As a comics artist, working with a combination of sequential text and images, I use both textual, linguistic, lineal, ‘left-brain’ formulations and concepts, and also visual, non-verbal, ‘right-brain’ ...
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung put together some edited highlights from New York. This is a taster from my appearance at the Rosa Remix conference in August, followed by an interview with Molly Crabapple at the launch in November ...