The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia
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”. Louise was an extraordinary woman – a utopian dreamer, notorious anarchist, teacher, orator and poet, decades ahead of her time. She fought on the barricades defending the short-lived Paris Commune of 1871 against the reactionary regime that massacred thousands of French citizens and, after her deportation, she took up the cause of the indigenous population of New Caledonia against French colonial oppression.
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