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The cover to The Reddest Rose: Romantic Love from the Ancient Greeks to Reality TV by Liv Stromquist. The first part of the title and the author's name appear in a red, handwritten font surrounding a photo of a woman with an asymmetrical haircut, one side hanging in front of her face. She leans forward at the waist, with the pink swirl of her dress surrounding her. Pink tulle surrounds her lower half, over which the subtitle is printed in black.
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Liv Strömquist, Translator: Melissa Bowers

The Reddest Rose: Romantic Love from the Ancient Greeks to Reality TV

On sale date: January 31, 2023

The internationally acclaimed activist follows up her satirical work of graphic medicine with this collection of humorous comics essays about how historical and societal shifts have altered — and perhaps destroyed — "romantic love."

The deceptively simple through-line for Swedish media personality and activist Liv Strömquist's The Reddest Rose is the question: Why does Leonardo DiCaprio date an endless string of 20-something models? Her answer — in the form of this collection of well-researched, humorous comics essays — tracks how philosophers and artists, from the Ancient Greeks to Beyoncé, conceptualized romantic love. Strömquist's signature characters, drawn in a flat, blocky style, ask each other questions and offer sharp commentary as they guide readers throughout history and the change in societies' values, from showing love/loving to getting love/being loved. (Poet Hilda "H.D." Doolittle — who was so love-stricken by a man taking off his glasses that she believed they viewed dolphins together in another dimension — lends the book its title.) Lord Byron, Socrates, Byung-Chul Han, Ezra Pound, Slavoj Žižek, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Ariadne, and many others have cameos. For the first time in English, in The Reddest Rose, Strömquist wonders: in a rationalist, consumerist world, can romantic love survive?


"[On Fruit of Knowledge]: Veers from the educational to the whimsical..." — Hillary Chute - The New York Times

"Strömquist embraces an often fraught topic, balancing serious analysis and irreverent, R-rated humor." — Publishers Weekly

"If her strips are clever, angry, funny and righteous, they're also informative to an eye-popping degree." — The Guardian


Paperback / Softback
Black and white.
6.9" × 9.7"