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. 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' * Nora Krug's book Heimat
is a heart-wrenching, suspenseful and fascinating odyssey that straddles, and seeks to uncover, an uncharted, inaccessible, unfathomable past. It is a kaleidoscope of interrupted lives, leading inexorably to its ultimate conclusion. I couldn't stop reading it -- Hava Beller, Director of 'The Restless Conscience' As the Jewish heir of grandparents who themselves had to flee the upsurge of fascism in their German homelands, I found granddaughter Nora Krug's heartrending investigation of her own family's painstakingly occluded history through those years especially moving. But as an American living through these, our very own years of a seemingly inexorable drift into one's still not quite sure what, I found Krug's achingly realized graphic memoir downright unsettling, for what will our own grandchildren one day make of us and our own everyday compromises and failures to attend? -- Lawrence Weschler * author of Calamities of Exile and A