“Ivalu” will be published in France!

I am extremely pleased to announce, that our graphic novel “Ivalu” will be published in France by the eminent French publisher Éditions Sarbacane:


Graphic novel by Morten Dürr and Lars Horneman
Danish publication date: September 2019
116 pages content, Full color.


Where is Ivalu? One morning she was just gone. Pipaluk go and search for her bigger sister.
“Ivalu” is a graphic novel about the horrible cost of sexual abuse against children. The story is set in arctic Greenland, where the beautiful wide open scenery creates a stark contrast to theme of lingering personal trauma. 


Pipaluk lives in a small town in Greenland.
Everyone in town is looking forward to the big event of the summer.

The Danish queen will visit the village. All the people gather at the harbor to wait for the arrival of her boat. They wave flags and smile.

Everyone smiles except Pipaluk. Something is wrong, her bigger sister Ivalu has gone missing.

Her father doesn’t care, he just keeps up his drinking.

That night a raven appears in Pipaluk’s dream. The raven promises to tell her where Ivalu is hiding. 

The raven reappears in daylight when Pipaluk awakes. 

Pipaluk skips school and follows the raven. She runs away from the village and through the lowlands by the sea dotted with icebergs. She runs into the hills and mountains looking for Ivalu.

In flashbacks, we learn more about Ivalu, Pipaluk and their father. We understand that Ivalu had a very good reason for running away. She was sexually molested by their father.

Pipaluk follows the raven to the forbidden ghostly area of the old abandoned American airbase where old trucks and machinery are left to rust.

There she is. Pipaluk. She has committed suicide by hanging herself.
Pipaluk wows to never tell her father where Pipaluk is, as a way to protect and honor her sister. 

Author and illustrators intention:

By making the graphic novel “Ivalu” we wanted to discuss the horrible and devasting effect of sexual molestation of children. Mostly the victims suffer in silence shrouded by taboo, shame and secrets. With this book, we wanted to raise awareness about a deep persistent flaw and tragedy of modern life. 

We have tried to tell the story in such a way, that the book can be read by children from 13 years and up – as well as adults. We hope that the book will be used in homes, schools and group readings to discuss issues such as human rights from a child’s perspective. 

We have set the story in Greenland because the wide open expansive landscape in Greenland is a perfect metaphor for the loneliness of a child, who has experienced abuse. Greenland is so wast, empty and beautiful, that you cannot help but feel overwhelmed and a little lost. For this reason – and for the fact that child abuse is a huge problem in Greenland – we wanted to tell the story in this setting.

The theme of the book

Sexual abuse of children is widespread in most cultures. In Europe available data suggest that 20% of all children have been victims of sexual abuse. The numbers are about the same in the USA, where one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. The number is even higher in Greenland where it is estimated that one third of all children have been abused  – and even higher still in India, where according to a 2007 study conducted by India’s ministry of women and child development, 53% of children surveyed said they had been subjected to some form of sexual abuse.

Preview a sample of the book (in Danish):


Fantastic reviews for “Ivalu”


Our graphic novel “Ivalu” has garnered some amazing reviews since it was published in Denmark in the early autumn of 2019. “Ivalu” is the story of Pipaluk, a young greenlandic girl and her older sister Ivalu who is the victim of sexual abuse. Story by Morten Dürr, illustrations by Lars Horneman.

Dagbladet Politiken – the leading national newspaper of Denmark.
“The reader is left speechless … Morten Dürr has in many of his books for children and young adults told tales of the darkness but never as merciless as here. Lars Hornemanns illustrations are carved in silence and granite.”
Steffen Larsen, 5 hearts (of 6).

Læringscenteret – monthly magazine of the national society of Danish School Librarians.
“The team of Morten Dürr and Lars Horneman has done it again … made a strong and captivatingly beautiful graphic novel … “Ivalu” is sorely needed in its brave attempt to brake the taboo about sexual violence.”
Eline Mørch Jensen

Folkeskolen – monthly magazine of national Danish Teachers Union.
“Morten Dürr and Lars Horneman have yet again made something fantastic together (…) a beautiful and undeniable book which like “Zenobia” from 2016 shines a light on a very important problem.”
Bent Rasmussen

Nordjyske – daily regional newspaper – Northern Denmark
“You will loose your breath flicking through the picture flow of Ivalu … it awakens deep emotions.”
Tem Frank Andersen, 6 stars (out of 6).

Official recommendation from The Danish library system (DBC)
“A must-buy – both for public libraries as well as school libraries.”
Line Dalbro Schaumann

Serieland.dk- danish online magazine about comics/graphic novels.
“Ivalu is an extremely important publication, beautiful and brutal. Silent on the outside, roaring on the inside.”
Berti Stravonsky

Bogbotten.dk. -major independent danish book review site run by school librarians
“Ivalu is suitable as a theme-book about children in Greenland for 7.-9. ninth grade. But it is also a book that can put the spotlight on children’s plight and rights generally because it is not only in Greenland, the wrongdoing is happening.”
Søren Fanø

Klods Hans, magazine for Danish chapter of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People)
“In an atmospheric and dynamic way we are served a heartbreaking, shocking tale about the fate of the greenlandic girl Ivalu. Ivalu is a beautiful and harrowing cry”.
Leena Bækdal Jensen

Børn & Bøger” magazine for The Danish national association of School Libraries.
“This is strong stuff … child abuse happens so many places and in so many countries. Therefore this is a necessary book. The story is told with as much brutality and and empathy as at all possible.”
Kent Poulsen

“Zenobia” launch in Japan!

I am now back in Denmark after two exciting weeks in Japan. I was in Japan for the launch of the Japanese edition of our graphic novel “Zenobia” – made by me and illustrator Lars Horneman. I attended several events: The Setouchi Art Book Fair, where I read the book in a stately old building with wooden floors and windows looking out into a wonderful park. In Tokyo the publisher Thousands of Books held a launch party, where they invited the people who crowdfunded the book. It was great to meet the supporters, read the book and chat afterwards. Both event were made possible with the help of the publisher but also Miyako Araki, who translated and read the book in Japanese. In Tokyo I also attended The European Literary Festival. It is always interesting to see, if people show up for your reading, when you are far from home – but the place was packed! Many thanks to the Danish Embassy in Tokyo for nominating me for this event – and helping with translation and other practical matters. It was also a great honor to be able to meet many other authors, translators and publishers, not least Mieko Kawakami – I look forward to read more of her work in Danish. A big thanks goes to Minami Hirayama who organized the trip, got me in and out of trains – even the wrong ones – and introduced me to the wonderful world of Japanese food. Thanks to Lena Nicolajsen and Andreas Erstling for great company during the trip!

Fremragende anmeldelse af “Sortesø”

Jeg glæder mig over en fremragende anmeldelse af “Sortesø” i Børn og Bøger nr. 6! Kent Poulsen skriver blandt andet:

“Det er Morten Dürr sluppet rigtig fint afsted med – i topform og tilmed med en originalitet og skarphed i de mange fortællinger, som gør både selvlæsning – eller som tekster anvendt i danskundervisningen – særdeles interessant. Her er store potentialer til at skabe undren i undervisningen!”