RED ROSA by writer and artist Kate Evans portrays the life of revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg in full colour, graphic form. The book follows Rosa from her family life in Jewish Poland—where she became the leader of a general strike at age fifteen and was exiled from her homeland at eighteen—to her immersion into the then largest radical party in the world, the German Social Democratic Party, to her founding of the German Communist Party and leadership of the German revolution of 1919.
A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. Red Rosa is not only an introduction to Rosa's work but it provides a rich portrayal of a woman who overcame physical infirmity and the prejudice she faced as a Jew to become an active revolutionary socialist, whose philosophy guided and enriched her inspirational and deeply affecting life.
Always opposed to the First World War, when others on the German left were swept up on a tide of nationalism, she was imprisoned and murdered in 1919 fighting for a revolution she knew to be doomed.
Clara Zeitkin, her closest friend, wrote of Rosa:
"With a will, determination, selflessness and devotion for which words are too weak, she consecrated her whole life and her whole being to Socialism. She gave herself completely to the cause of Socialism, not only in her tragic death, but throughout her whole life, daily and hourly, through the struggles of many years ... She was the sharp sword, the living flame of revolution."
Kate Evans is a radical cartoonist, artist, author, and activist. She draws feature-length cartoons in The Spark magazine. She is the author of numerous books, comics, and zines, including Funny Weather: Everything you Didn’t Want to Know About Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out and The Food of Love.
Red Rosa is published by Verso Books in conjunction with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.