Catalogue


Letting it go /
Miriam Katin.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2013.
description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1770461035, 9781770461031 (hc)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2013.
isbn
1770461035
9781770461031 (hc)
abstract
A Holocaust survivor and mother, Katin's world is turned upside down by the news that her adult son is moving to Berlin, a city she's villainized for the past forty years. As she struggles to accept her son's decision, she visits the city twice, first to see her son and then to attend a museum gala featuring her own artwork. What she witnesses firsthand is a city coming to terms with its traumatic past, much as Katin is herself.
catalogue key
8783897
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2013-02-25:
Animator Katin's incomparable graphic memoir, We Are On Our Own, followed her childhood flight across Hungary with her mother, fleeing the Nazis in the last days of World War II. In this, her long-awaited and only slightly lesser follow-up, we find Katin as a neurotic middle-aged procrastinator battling cockroaches and her husband's clarinet playing in their New York apartment. Their son Ilan has decided to move to Berlin and wants Miriam to use her Hungarian ancestry to help him apply for E.U. citizenship. But the idea that her son will live in the heart of the old Reich dredges up a storm of fury and confusion for Miriam: "This is like handing my baby over to the wolves." The sketchy memoir that follows is Katin's heartfelt but still playful account of coming to terms with the Holocaust's legacy. It is a rich vein to mine, illustrated with great looping eddies of colored pencil. But Katin is less able to generate life outside own head, her husband and son being particularly flat characterizations. One exception is the too-short inclusion of a gruff, wise Turkish poet friend from Israel in the 1960s, whom she calls decades later for advice. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-03-29:
Katin's memoir We Are on Our Own shares the harrowing experience of her childhood as a Hungarian Jew surviving World War II, with her mother. Her latest title brings us to present-day New York City, where Katin is an artist, mother, and wife. Ilan, Katin's son, unexpectedly calls his mother and father announcing his immediate trip from Europe to see them. While in New York, Ilan discloses his decision to move to Berlin and apply for Hungarian citizenship. Ilan's decision forces Katin to confront her feelings about the past, in particular those feelings she harbors for Germans. First, she reluctantly revisits her early experiences as she works to produce the documentation for Ilan's citizenship application. But it will take a trip to Berlin before she can fully face those past horrors and begin the healing process. Verdict Katin's stylish artwork, with penciled coloring and handwritten print for lettering, adds an intimacy to the illustrations without forgoing an elegance that will appeal to many readers, even graphic novel newbies. Recommended for readers interested in Jewish writers and memoir.-Scott Vieira, Sam Houston State Univ. Lib., Huntsville, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review Quotes
Praise for Letting It Go "[ Letting It Go is] thoughtful and unflinching but also frequently funny, and drawn with considerable grace." National Post "Miriam Katin's Letting It Go is my kind of graphic memoir: loose, impressionistic, a portrait of the artist's inner life." Los Angeles Times " Letting It Go is a moving, funny look inside the artist's thought processes as she reckons with her past and decides whether she's going to live out her golden years in a spirit of resentment or forgiveness." AV Club
Praise for We Are on Our Own "Richly illustrated in pencil, this book should not be missed by anyone with an interest in history, love or faith-so anyone, really." - Time magazine "A skillfully rendered memoir about Katin and her mother's harrowing escape from Budapest in 1944. Its world is gray, its characters complex." - The Boston Globe
Praise for We Are on Our Own "Richly illustrated in pencil, this book should not be missed by anyone with an interest in history, love or faithso anyone, really." Time magazine "A skillfully rendered memoir about Katin and her mother's harrowing escape from Budapest in 1944. Its world is gray, its characters complex." The Boston Globe
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Summaries
Main Description
A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR STRUGGLES TO LET THE PAST GO Miriam Katin's debut graphic novel, the 2006 memoir WE ARE ON OUR OWN, was a unique portrait of how one family survived the Second World War. A companion to WE ARE ON OUR OWN, LETTING IT GO shows Miriam, now an adult, dealing with her son Ilan's recent move to Berlin. As Miriam struggles to accept his decision, she realizes that her hesitations have more to do with longheld grudges than any sort of legitimate concerns.Whereas WE ARE ON OUR OWN probed Miriam's loss of faith and talked about her experiences during the War, LETTING IT GO examines the lasting trauma of surviving World War II from a very different vantage point, focusing on Miriam's life as a middle-aged New Yorker. The flowing, expressive style employed in WE ARE ON OUR OWN has been refined in this full-color masterpiece. A panel-less style lets the story flow, with wise and funny anecdotes along the way. Katin has the light hand of a master storyteller in this, an insightful, serious, but wry account of the myriad ways trauma inflects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families. Praise for WE ARE ON OUR OWN:"Richly illustrated in pencil, this book should not be missed by anyone with an interest in history, love or faith--so anyone, really."nTime Magazine"A skillfully rendered memoir about Katin and her mother's harrowing escape from Budapest in 1944. Its world is gray, its characters complex."nBoston Globe
Bowker Data Service Summary
Miriam Katin's debut graphic novel, the 2006 memoir 'We Are On Our Own', was a unique portrait of how one family survived the Second World War. 'Letting It Go' shows Miriam, now an adult, dealing with her son Ilan's recent move to Berlin. As Miriam struggles to accept his decision, she realizes that her hesitations have more to do with longheld grudges than any sort of legitimate concerns.
Main Description
Miriam Katin's debut graphic novel, the 2006 memoir We Are On Our Own , was a unique portrait of how one family survived World War II. A companion to We Are On Our Own , Letting It Go shows Katin, now an adult, dealing with her son Ilan's recent move to Berlin. As she struggles to accept his decision, she realizes that her hesitations have more to do with long-held grudges than any sort of legitimate concern. Whereas We Are On Our Own probed Katin's loss of faith and talked about her experiences during the war, Letting It Go examines the lasting trauma of surviving World War II from a very different vantage point, focusing on her life as a middle-aged New Yorker. The flowing, expressive style employed in We Are On Our Own has been refined in this full-color masterpiece. A panel-less style lets the story find a natural rhythm, with wise and funny anecdotes along the way. Katin has the light hand of a master storyteller in this, an insightful and serious but also wry account of the myriad ways trauma infects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families.
Main Description
A Holocaust survivor struggles to let the past go Miriam Katin's debut graphic novel, the 2006 memoir We Are On Our Own , was a unique portrait of how one family survived World War II. A companion to We Are On Our Own , Letting It Go shows Katin, now an adult, dealing with her son Ilan's recent move to Berlin. As she struggles to accept his decision, she realizes that her hesitations have more to do with long-held grudges than any sort of legitimate concern. Whereas We Are On Our Own probed Katin's loss of faith and talked about her experiences during the war, Letting It Go examines the lasting trauma of surviving World War II from a very different vantage point, focusing on her life as a middle-aged New Yorker. The flowing, expressive style employed in We Are On Our Own has been refined in this full-color masterpiece. A panel-less style lets the story find a natural rhythm, with wise and funny anecdotes along the way. Katin has the light hand of a master storyteller in this, an insightful and serious but also wry account of the myriad ways trauma infects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families.
Main Description
Miriam Katin's debut graphic novel, the 2006 memoir We Are On Our Own, was a unique portrait of how one family survived the Second World War. A companion to We Are OnOur Own, Letting It Go shows Miriam, now an adult, dealing with her son Ilan's recent move to Berlin. As Miriam struggles to accept his decision, she realizes that her hesitations have more to do with longheld grudges than any sort of legitimate concerns. Whereas We Are On Our Own probed Miriam's loss of faith and talked about her experiences during the War, Letting It Go examines the lasting trauma of surviving World War II from a very different vantage point, focusing on Miriam's life as a middle-aged New Yorker. The flowing, expressive style employed in We Are On Our Own has been refined in this fullcolor masterpiece. A panel-less style lets the story flow, with wise and funny anecdotes along the way. Katin has the light hand of a master storyteller in this, an insightful, serious, but wry account of the myriad ways trauma inflects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families.
Main Description
A Holocaust survivor struggles to let go of the past Miriam Katin has the light hand of a master storyteller in this flowing, expressive, full-color masterpiece. A Holocaust survivor and mother, Katin's world is turned upside down by the news that her adult son is moving to Berlin, a city she's villainized for the past forty years. As she struggles to accept her son's decision, she visits the city twice, first to see her son and then to attend a museum gala featuring her own artwork. What she witnesses firsthand is a city coming to terms with its traumatic past, much as Katin is herself. Letting It Go is a deft and careful balance: wry, self-deprecating anecdotes counterpoint a serious account of the myriad ways trauma inflects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families. Katin's first book, We Are On Our Own , was a memoir of her childhood, detailing how she and her mother hid in the Hungarian countryside, disguising themselves as a peasant woman and her illegitimate child in order to escape the Nazis. The stunning story, along with Katin's gorgeous pencil work, immediately garnered acclaim in the comics world and beyond. With Letting It Go , Katin's storytelling and artistic skills allow her to explore a voice and perspective like no other found in the medium.
Main Description
A Holocaust survivor struggles to let the past go Miriam Katin's debut graphic novel, the 2006 memoir 'We Are On Our Own', was a unique portrait of how one family survived World War II. A companion to 'We Are On Our Own', 'Letting It Go' shows Katin, now an adult, dealing with her son Ilan's recent move to Berlin. As she struggles to accept his decision, she realizes that her hesitations have more to do with long-held grudges than any sort of legitimate concern. Whereas 'We Are On Our Own' probed Katin's loss of faith and talked about her experiences during the war, 'Letting It Go' examines the lasting trauma of surviving World War II from a very different vantage point, focusing on her life as a middle-aged New Yorker. The flowing, expressive style employed in 'We Are On Our Own' has been refined in this full-color masterpiece. A panel-less style lets the story find a natural rhythm, with wise and funny anecdotes along the way. Katin has the light hand of a master storyteller in this, an insightful and serious but also wry account of the myriad ways trauma infects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families.

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