Three Fathers

Nando von Arb

German, Edition Moderne, 2020

An autobiographical graphic novel about a blended family, stylistically brilliant and told in a lively way.

Nando von Arb writes from a child’s perspective about growing up with two sisters and a single mother who is stretched to the limit. She sees it as her duty to shield the children against everything and everyone. Three fathers go in and out of this house-hold: Nando’s biological father, who left his mother when the boy was two; Kiko, his sisters’ father; and Zelo, his mother’s partner. Young Nando has an individual, special bond with each of these three men. His relationship with his father is wistful, Kiko is more like a pal, and Zelo plays a supportive role.

Drei Väter
Edition Moderne
Translation rights
Sarah Lapalu (eddy agency),
Publication date
March 2019
Swiss Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Prize 2020

Author & Illustrator

Nando von Arb

Nando von Arb was born in 1992 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a trained graphic designer since 2012. In 2018 he graduated in Illustration Fiction at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. In early 2019 his first graphic novel Drei Väter (Three Fathers) was published by Edition Moderne in Zurich. Between 2019 and 2020 he was living and working in Ghent, Belgium, where he simultaneously obtained his Master in Fine Arts in Illustration at the LUCA School of Arts. Since the end of 2020 he is back in his hometown of Zurich and works as a freelance illustrator and author of comics.