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The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt
The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth | Ken Krimstein
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For Persepolis and Logicomix fans, a New Yorker cartoonist's page-turning graphic biography of the fascinating Hannah Arendt, the most prominent philosopher of the twentieth century. One of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century and a hero of political thought, the largely unsung and often misunderstood Hannah Arendt is best known for her landmark 1951 book on openness in political life, The Origins of Totalitarianism, which, with its powerful and timely lessons for today, has become newly relevant. She led an extraordinary life. This was a woman who endured Nazi persecution firsthand, survived harrowing "escapes" from country to country in Europe, and befriended such luminaries as Walter Benjamin and Mary McCarthy, in a world inhabited by everyone from Marc Chagall and Marlene Dietrich to Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. A woman who finally had to give up her unique genius for philosophy, and her love of a very compromised man--the philosopher and Nazi-sympathizer Martin Heidegger--for what she called "love of the world." Compassionate and enlightening, playful and page-turning, New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein's The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt is a strikingly illustrated portrait of a complex, controversial, deeply flawed, and irrefutably courageous woman whose intelligence and "virulent truth telling" led her to breathtaking insights into the human condition, and whose experience continues to shine a light on how to live as an individual and a public citizen in troubled times.
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I had never heard of Hannah Arendt, first female full professor at Princeton, before reading this graphic biography. I‘m glad she made her three escapes so she could share her thinking-through with the world. Her philosophy makes a lot of sense.

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I was reading this in a bookshop, and had to put it down to catch a train.
Before I finished it.
Sadness.

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It seems there‘s an accidental theme in my latest library holds! I‘m very much looking forward to both of these. See @Lindy ‘s posts if the tagged book intrigues you. 😊

Tamra Enjoy Elsie! 11mo
saresmoore @Tamra I‘m sure I will—thank you for posting about it! 11mo
Lindy Three times the fun! 11mo
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A deeply moving biography of Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt, born in Prussia in 1906. She promoted the idea of pluralism; that there is no single truth. Cartoonist creator Ken Krimstein dresses Arendt in green, the colour of renewal, throughout this nonfiction #graphicnovel. Text-heavy pages, with lots of explanatory footnotes, are enlivened with expressive art. Arendt‘s belief that life is a glorious mess is personified in her scribbled hair.

saresmoore !!!!!!!! I did not know this existed! I love Hannah Arendt! 11mo
Lindy @saresmoore Look for it at your local library. It‘s really good! 11mo
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I do not belong to the circle of philosophers. My profession, if one can speak of it at all, is political theory. -Hannah Arendt

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Hannah Arendt‘s response to the interviewer‘s question about her book fitting into no mould: “Precisely.”

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Before totalitarian leaders can fit reality to their lies, their message is an unrelenting contempt for facts.
-Hannah Arendt

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Good graphic novel.

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This is one of best graphic novels I‘ve read in a long time.

gradcat Hannah Arendt was one of the greatest female philosophers, nay—make that one of the greatest philosophers, simply put, of the twentieth century! Love that there is a graphic novel about her...all I can say is, WOW! Thanks for this review!! 🤭 (edited) 14mo
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