MAC'S BACKS FEMME BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES ROSA LUXEMBURG
On May 28th we will meet at 7:30pm to discuss Rosa Luxemburg. The discussion will spring from the graphic novel Red Rosa by Kate Evans that we had originally planned on discussing in March. Additionally, here's a short documentary about Rosa that is available on youtube, and a 90minute podcast from Revolutionary Left Radio called Red Rosa: The Political and Economic Theories of Rosa Luxemberg.
A graphic novel of the dramatic life and death of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. To Marx's biographer Franz Mehring, no one came as close to the towering intellect of Marx himself. 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. 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.
Kate Evans is a cartoonist, artist, and activist. She is the author of numerous books and zines including Bump: How to Make, Grow and Birth a Baby and Funny Weather: Everything You Didn't Want to Know about Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out.
Paul Buhle, formerly a Senior Lecturer at Brown University, produces radical comics and is a recipient of an Eisner Award, the comics industry's Oscars. He founded the SDS journal Radical America and the archive Oral History of the American Left and, with Mari Jo Buhle, is coeditor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Madison.
"A courageous leader of the early twentieth-century socialist movement--a woman who dared to question both Marx and Lenin--Luxemburg was also, as Kate Evans reveals in this brilliant graphic biography, a person of deep passions, ecstatic insights, and ultimately, as fascism emerged from the ruins of World War I--heartbreak of historic dimensions. This book is hard to put down and contains a challenge that is impossible to turn away from: We could create a better world--peaceful, egalitarian, even joyful--if we are willing to learn from Red Rosa."
--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Living with a Wild God
In accordance with social distancing guidelines, this meeting will take place via Zoom. Contact us for more details. The book will be available through our website, www.macsbacks.com at the 20% book club discount.