I like to think that I’m a pretty broad reader, but when I actually sat down and thought about it I realised that there was one specific genre that I really don’t pick up; graphic novels and graphic memoirs. I’m not entirely sure why that is and I was never really aware of it as a conscious decision. I fell in love with words and language at a very young age so perhaps prose has always held my attentions since then. Either way, when I was contacted by a member of the team over at Penguin to see if I would like to review a graphic memoir I was thrilled. Firstly, it was an excellent chance to branch out in my reading, and secondly, I am a massive history buff!
Heimat: A German Family Album by Nora Krug is written from the authors own perspective. After growing up as a second-generation German after World War Two, we follow Nora as she struggles to come to terms with the past of both her country and her family. Across the book Nora comes to realise that she cannot come to terms with who she is without confronting the realities of where she’s come from. Delving deep into the history of her family members living under the Nazi regime, Nora is determined to face whatever the truth may hold.