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Red virgin and the vision of utopia (edition 2016)

by Mary M. Talbot

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"Set against the background of violence and state repression in a turbulent period of French history, The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia chronicles the incredible and outrageous life of Louise Michel, the revolutionary feminist dubbed ‘The Red Virgin of Montmartre’. A utopian dreamer, notorious anarchist, teacher, orator and poet, she was decades ahead of her time. Always a radical, she fought on the barricades defending the short-lived Paris Commune of 1871 against the reactionary regime that massacred thousands of French citizens after the Commune’s defeat. Deported to a penal colony on the other side of the Earth, she took up the cause of the indigenous population against French colonial oppression."--The Rendom House Group website… (more)
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70/2021 The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia, by Mary M Talbot and Bryan Talbot, is a biographical sketch in comics form ("graphic novel") of French feminist anarchist utopian Louise Michel, concentrating on the Paris Commune of 1870-71 and her imprisonment on New Caledonia from 1873-80. It begins with quotes by Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, a dedication to Iain (M) Banks, and an extended cameo appearance by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. What more could any intellectual utopian want even in the best of all possible worlds?! And, of course, being by the Talbots it has Bryan's stunning art backing up Mary's punchy script, with the addition of two pages of source texts and fourteen pages of Mary's annotations (the story works perfectly without these so I read them afterwards). Although the addition of four pages about Franz Reichelt seemed a bizarre choice of framing story as Louise Michel had been dead for seven years when Reichelt achieved lasting fame for his spectacularly foolish death.

Oscar Wilde: "A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at".

Samuel Beckett: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." ( )
  spiralsheep | May 1, 2021 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3067857.html

A biography in graphic form of French revolutionary feminist Louise Michel, who, to my shame, I had not previously heard of. Actually it is more of a portrait than a biography, concentrating on two particular periods of her life - the Paris Commune, and her subsequent exile in New Caledonia where she horrified and disgusted her comrades by taking sides with the indigenous islanders. The argument is interestingly made that her politics links with the Utopian literature of the day - Edward Bellamy in particular, also Charlotte Perkins Gilman appears in the framing narrative, also Victor Hugo and H.G. Wells. (Also, a chap who jumped off the Eiffel Tower which is less of an obvious fit.) Bryan Talbot’s art is subdued but also angry in places. I learned a lot. ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 24, 2018 |
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Utopia (/juːˈtoʊpiə/)
A place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government and social conditions.
'A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at'.
Oscar Wilde
'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
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Dedicated to the memory of Iain (M) Banks, friend and sorely missed creator of socialist utopias.
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Calais. July 1909.
Incredible! I can hardly believe my eyes.
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"Set against the background of violence and state repression in a turbulent period of French history, The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia chronicles the incredible and outrageous life of Louise Michel, the revolutionary feminist dubbed ‘The Red Virgin of Montmartre’. A utopian dreamer, notorious anarchist, teacher, orator and poet, she was decades ahead of her time. Always a radical, she fought on the barricades defending the short-lived Paris Commune of 1871 against the reactionary regime that massacred thousands of French citizens after the Commune’s defeat. Deported to a penal colony on the other side of the Earth, she took up the cause of the indigenous population against French colonial oppression."--The Rendom House Group website

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