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Prof. Nora Krug, Awarded Silver Medal and Best Book of the Year for Belonging/Heimat

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Belonging (US title) / Heimat (foreign title), A 280-page illustrated and hand-lettered visual memoir on a German family’s memory of WWII.


Illustration Professor, Nora Krug, has won the silver medal from the Society of Illustrators for her book Belonging/Heimat for Pieces in the Book. This category includes all illustration originally commissioned for use inside or on the covers of hardbound and paperback books. Belonging/Heimat will be on display at the Illustrators 61 Exhibit: Part Two: Book and Editorial on February 8, 2019. Nora Krug’s memoir has also been chosen by author Erica Wagner as one of the Best Books of the Year in a New Statesman review.  Congratulations are in order!


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.

2019 and 2020 release in the following countries: Norway (Spartacus), Sweden (Norstedts), Spain (Salamandra), Brazil (Companhia das Letras), Italy (Stile Libero), and Denmark (Gads).


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