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Liv Strömquist, Translator: Melissa Bowers

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

On sale date: September 13, 2022

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?

Praise

"[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

Specs

Pages
184
Format
Paperback / Softback
Color
Black and white.
Dimensions
6.75" × 9.3"
ISBN-13
9781683964599
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