World Rights available
Format 140x220 Hardcover
EUR 21,90 / sFr 39,00
ISBN ebook: 9783701742
published in September 2009
Portraits of Women’s Lives from Three Centuries
The life stories of rebellious women who defied the law in favor of their beliefs.
When men stand up for their beliefs and contest social and political conventions, they are deemed heroes. When women do the same, they are considered fanatics. Michaela Karl describes the lives of women who, like the Greek mythological figure of Antigone, put their beliefs before the law. Women who would not shy away from violence in their courageous fight for women’s and general human rights, for freedom and peace. Setting high moral standards for themselves and others did not always keep them from making wrong decisions, but they bravely faced the consequences of their radical actions.
With a keen sense for inner conflict and self-doubt, Michaela Karl bases her portraits on personal letters, journals, writings and memories, tracing the impressive lives of women who swam against the tide of their time.
Charlotte Corday, the murderer Jean Paul Marats
Mathilde Franziska Anneke, the German amazone
Harriet Tubman, Moses of her people
Bertha von Suttner, the champion for universal peace
Vera Figner, the prisoner of the tsar
Clara Zetkin, the Grande Dame of the German labour movement
Emmeline Pankhurst, the Queen of the suffragettes
Constance Markievicz, the rebellious countess
Emma Goldman, the most dangerous woman of the United States
Tina Modotti, the Jeanne d’Arc with a camera
Tamara Bunke, the combatant of Che Guevaras
Phoolan Devi, the queen of the outlaws