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German-American author and illustrator Nora Krug reads from and discusses her graphic memoir, Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home (Scribner 2018).
Nora Krug is a German-American author and illustrator whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde diplomatique and A Public Space, and in anthologies published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon and Schuster and Chronicle Books.
Belonging wrestles with the idea of 'Heimat', the German word for the place that first forms us, where the sensibilities and identity of one generation pass on to the next. In this highly inventive visual memoir—equal parts graphic novel, family scrapbook, and investigative narrative—Nora Krug draws on letters, archival material, flea market finds, and photographs to attempt to understand what it means to belong. A wholly original record of a German woman's struggle with the weight of catastrophic history, Belonging is also a reflection on the responsibility that we all have as inheritors of our countries' pasts.
While Nora Krug was not able to join us in the Upper Valley for this year's Spring Eisner Lecture, The Center for Cartoon Studies has provided a video recording of their interview with her. Krug gives a reading from her memoir, while sharing the intricate pages of illustrations, photos, and hand-written text of her novel.
The interview is available for veiwing at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqLoZDUfXGc&t=16s
This talk is presented in partnership with The Center for Cartoon Studies, The Leslie Center of Humanities at Dartmouth College, and The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.