Nora Krug

  • Heimat

  • 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.

Nora Krug is a German-American author, illustrator and associate professor in the Illustration Program at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications including The New York Times, the Guardian and le Monde Diplomatique, and in a number of anthologies. A recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships, her books are included in the Library of Congress and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Her illustrations have been recognized with three gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and a Silver Cube from the New York Art Directors Club. Krug's work has been exhibited internationally, and her animations shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

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