Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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A Dangerous Woman by Sharon Rudahl

Title: Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman
Author: Sharon Rudahl created the pictures and collected the words, but the words were mostly Goldman's own (and those of her friends).
Editor: Paul Buhle
Series: I think that's a great idea, but no.
Genre: Graphic novel, biography, activism.
Setting: From 1869 to 1939 and global - just like Emma herself.
Reason for Reading: Two reasons. One, I love graphic novel biography, and two, I have been trying to psyche myself up to read Goldman's intimidating thousand-page memoir, Living My Life.
Finished In: Hours.
Pages: 115, including a prologue by Alice Wexler.
Copyright Date: 2007
Cover: A beautiful piece of art, a color image of the subject of the book.
First panel: "As our story opens, the Czar of the Russian Empire is a tyrant with absolute powers..." It shows the Czar of Russia in ceremonial garb, holding a scepter. His shadow falls across a map of Eastern Europe and Russia.
Dedication: "Dedicated to all the Dangerous People - Passing and to Come"
Themes: Anarchism, social justice, social activism, police brutality, censorship, poverty, women's rights, open relationships.
Best part: Goldman was by all accounts a passionate and difficult woman and I love that this book didn't whitewash her.
Worst part: I'm not sure it's clear from looking at the outside of the book that it is definitely not for children. It does treat Goldman's love affairs pretty explicitly.
Imaginary Theme Song: Modern Day Emma Goldman by Pretty Girls Make Graves (sorry, I can't find a link to the whole song to show you all)
Grade: A strong A.
Recommended for: findingthegirl and anyone wanting to read a graphic novel biography or learn more about strong women from history.
Related Reads: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book by Nelson Mandela.

I really enjoyed this book, and learned about a new role model, the spiffily-named Voltairine.
Tags: books 2011, nonfiction
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