The Dreams of Helga Goebbels: From Ulli Lust’s New Graphic Novel

An Excerpt from the First Work of Fiction From an Award-Winning Graphic Novelist

October 27, 2017  By Ulli Lust
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The following is excerpted from Voices in the Dark, a graphic novel by Ulli Lust based on Marcel Beyer’s The Karnau Tapes. It follows Hermann Karnau, a sound engineer employed by the Nazis. His assignments take him to Party rallies, to the Eastern Front, and into the household of Joseph Goebbels. There he meets six-year-old Helga: bright, good-natured, and just beginning to suspect the horror that surrounds her. Helga will eventually become the subject of Hermann’s most haunting recording, and the one that will finally make him open his eyes.

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From Voices in the Dark by Ulli Lust, translated by John Brownjohn, translation adapted by Nika Knight. Courtesy of New York Review Comics. Copyright 2017.




Ulli Lust
Ulli Lust
Ulli Lust, born 1967 in Vienna, is an Austrian cartoonist who lives and works in Berlin. Her graphic novel Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life was translated into English and published by Fantagraphics Books in 2013; it won an Ignatz Award for best graphic novel and the LA Times Book Award for Graphic Novels, and was nominated for an Eisner Award for best reality-based work. In 2013, Lust also published an adaptation of Marcel Beyer's 1995 novel, Flughunde, which presents a fictional account of Helga Goebbels, the daughter of German World War II minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.









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