"...Irmina's story highlights something that historians should always bear in mind; people experience the commotions of history first and foremost through their everyday lives, so that personal watershed like first love, choosing a profession, the birth of a child or moving house can be of greater biographical significance than major historical events."
Dr Alexander Korb
This is a quiet and thoughtful work, documenting (fictionally) the life story of Irmina, an ambitious young German woman who moves to London in the 1930s with the aim of becoming an independent career woman. Isolated and with strong values, Irmina falls in love with Howard, one of the first black students at Oxford, who like her, is a 'stranger' in England.
Their time together ends as war looms, and Irmina is forced to return to Germany. There, her hopes and dreams are crushed along with her heart. Irmina makes do the best way she can, and thus comes the thrust of this graphic novel - how do we balance the needs of personal integrity and compassion with social survival and the choice to look the other way?
Lavishly illustrated with evocative and deeply emotional watercolours, this graphic novel carefully explores the complexities of being human in an original and highly effective format.
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