Heimat: A German Family Album (Hardback)Nora Krug (author)
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The German bestseller - a powerful and deeply affecting graphic memoir that explores identity, guilt and the meaning of home
One of the Guardian's '50 Biggest Books of Autumn 2018'
Nora Krug grew up as a second-generation German after the end of the Second World War, struggling with a profound ambivalence towards her country's recent past. Travelling as a teenager, her accent alone evoked raw emotions in the people she met, an anger she understood, and shared.
Seventeen years after leaving Germany for the US, Nora Krug decided she couldn't know who she was without confronting where she'd come from. In Heimat, she documents her journey investigating the lives of her family members under the Nazi regime, visually charting her way back to a country still tainted by war. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically told, Heimat is a powerful meditation on the search for cultural identity, and the meaning of history and home.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 820 g
Dimensions: 236 x 175 x 25 mm
Extraordinary . . . The curious appeal of Krug's graphic memoir is that it never fully loses itself in the act of storytelling but constantly stops to turn over and reassess the means at its disposal. * The Guardian *
Remarkable * The Observer *
Bracing honesty ... the informal feel and arresting candor of a diary -- Francoise Mouly * New Yorker *
One of the greatest books of the year. -- Anne-Dore Krohn, literary critic at RBB Kulturradio
A spectacular debut . . . enormously clever -- Denis Scheck, German literary critic
A highly original and powerful graphic novel that works on many levels...an unflinching examination of what we mean when we think of identity, of history and home. The result is a book that is as informative as a history and as touching as a novel. * The Financial Times *
Krug probes her family's actions in Nazi Germany, conducting interviews and roaming archives and flea markets. She confronts past and present in a book that's been praised for its invention and bravery. -- The Guardian, 'The 50 biggest books of autumn 2018'