Nora Krug


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Penguin Books Ltd
29 August 2019
ISBN: 9780141980102
288 pages

From the publisher

The German bestseller - a powerful and deeply affecting graphic memoir that explores identity, guilt and the meaning of home

Winner of Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year
Winner of Book Illustration prize at the V&A Illustration Awards
Winner of the The National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
Winner of the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize
Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing
Shortlisted for the Longman History Today Prize

One of the
Guardian's '50 Biggest Books of Autumn 2018'
The New York Times Critics'
Top Books of 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.