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Nora Krug

  • Original Title: HEIMAT
  • Publication date: August 2018
  • Publisher: Penguin Verlag
  • Country: DE
  • 288 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs


  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century, World War II
  • Location setting: Germany
  • Themes: Family secrets, FAMILY, PEOPLE facing life, Identity crisis, Search for origins, Search for the truth, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Discriminations, Violence, Totalitarian regime, War and other conflicts, Dysfunctional family


A graphic artist of German descent tries to come to terms with her family’s history before she was born.


Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019
Longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing

Translation rights sold: US, UK, Australia, Netherlands, France, Ukraine, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Denmark, Korea, China, Lithuania.

Autobiographical graphic novel in the style of Maira Kalman with a lot of potential a la FUN HOME.

Pitched as Art Spiegelman’s MAUS through the looking glass.


Krug was born decades after the demise of the Nazi party, but the Second World War continued to cast a long shadow all throughout her youth and childhood. For Nora and her classmates, two generations removed from the Holocaust, the simple fact of their citizenship bound them to its unspeakable atrocities. As Nora works to untangle her shame about her nation's past, she undertakes an extraordinary quest, one that will span continents and generations, to piece together both her family's story and the story of her country.

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  • Author’s biography

    Nora Krug is a writer and artist whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in several publications and in anthologies. She is the creator of the graphic novel, Red Riding Hood Redux, and of Shadow Atlas, an encyclopedia of ghosts and spirits, and the illustrator of the children’s book, My Cold Went On Vacation. Krug is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright, DAAD, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and she was awarded with a 2014 Maurice Sendak Fellowship. Her work is included in the Library of Congress and has been recognized by American Illustration. It received three gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and was awarded with merits and a silver cube by the Art Directors Club. Krug’s story, Kamikaze, was included in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics and Best Non-Required Reading. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and her animated guide to Japanese business etiquette, How To Bow, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Krug is an associate professor in the Illustration Program at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.