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The debut graphic novel from Thai-Italian illustrator Elisa Macellari, Papaya Salad tells the story of her great-uncle Sompong who found himself in Europe on military scholarship on the eve of World War II.
A gentle and resolute man in love with books and languages, in search of his place in the world, Sompong chronicles his life during the war and falling for his wife, finding humor and joy even as the world changes irrevocably around him
This Winner of the 2019 Autori di Immagini Silver Medal in the Comics category tells the human story of the War, from a perspective not typically seen.
"An historical and emotional journey through my family and my roots that are grown between Europe and Asia. A personal narrative that needs to be shared and hopefully arouses empathy in the reader." -- Elisa Macellari
Elisa Macellari is an Italian illustrator with Thai roots, born in Perugia and based in Milan. She likes colorful things, wild animals, jungle, mysterious creatures, strange objects and papaya salad. She graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia. She formerly worked as assistant and graphic designer at Galleria Suzy Shammah in Milan. In 2012 she started to work as a freelance illustrator.