Magazine article World Literature Today

Letting It Go

Magazine article World Literature Today

Letting It Go

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Miriam Katin. Letting It Go. New York. Drawn & Quarterly / Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 2013. isbn 9781770461031

Seven years ago, Miriam Katin made an impressive debut with the publica- tion of her first graphic novel, We Are On Our Own (see WLT, Mar. 2007, 66), a Holocaust tale of running, hiding, and escape. With Lettinglt Go, she con- firms her place as a significant graphic novelist. A vivid storyteller, Katin man- ages to capture interior monologue and external narrative seamlessly with deft and elegant strokes, both verbal and pictorial.

Her central character, Miriam, is a middle-aged, married Holocaust sur- vivor and artist whose only son, Ilan, decides to live in Berlin and wants to become a Hungarian citizen, his right because Miriam was bom in Hungary. This initiating incident is central to the tale, but it is in the details of the story that we find the surprise and delight in this work. An imagined catastrophe resulting from explosions of beautiful- ly designed German products plugged into many American kitchen outlets leaves us with no doubt about the narrator's fears. Nor is there doubt about her sense of humor. A medita- tion on procrastination cites Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu and then has her wandering the apartment only to land in front of the refrigerator peering into a container thinking, "A la recherche des sardines perdus." Katin wears her learning lightly, and in both word and image she conveys humor while revealing buried and not-so-bur- ied fears. …

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