Red Rosa

A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg

Paperback, 220 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2015

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4 stars (2 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."--

1 edition

Text heavy for a graphic novel

4 stars

Pretty good introduction to the life and work of Rosa Luxemburg. Suffers a bit from cramming lots of text into the graphics. Nice touch, though, is that the text is related to her writings, either letters or books, as indicated in the endnotes.

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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.


  • Politics and government
  • Communism
  • Comic books, strips
  • Socialists
  • Jewish socialists
  • Women socialists
  • Biography
  • History


  • Poland
  • Germany