Maus

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Pantheon Books, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 295 pages
136 Reviews
On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its first publication, here is the definitive edition of the book acclaimed as "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust" (Wall Street Journal) and "the first masterpiece in comic book history" (The New Yorker).

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father's story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in "drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust" (The New York Times).

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek's harrowing story of survival is woven into the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century's grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.
  

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Also, the graphics were really gripping and concise. - Goodreads
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Review: The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Maus #1-2)

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Never would you expect a holocaust story to be told via the medium of comics. Perhaps in and of itself, the comic format became a character in the story. The visually metaphorical character ... Read full review

Review: The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Maus #1-2)

User Review  - Sukanta Maikap - Goodreads

The best graphic novel I've read till date and probably one of the best first person description of holocaust. I guess author's choice of medium and presentation somewhat downplayed the atrocities ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
10
Section 2
13
Section 3
33
Section 4
40
Section 5
50
Section 6
58
Section 7
64
Section 8
85
Section 18
153
Section 19
156
Section 20
166
Section 21
192
Section 22
194
Section 23
224
Section 24
238
Section 25
244

Section 9
86
Section 10
103
Section 11
105
Section 12
107
Section 13
109
Section 14
121
Section 15
134
Section 16
144
Section 17
145
Section 26
251
Section 27
256
Section 28
264
Section 29
275
Section 30
281
Section 31
282
Section 32
286
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About the author (1997)

Art Spiegelman is a contributing editor and artist for The New Yorker, and a co-founder / editor of Raw, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. His drawings and prints have been exhibited in museums and galleries here and abroad. Honors he has received for Maus include the Pulitzer Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and nominations for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in New York City with his wife, Françoise Mouly, and their two children, Nadja and Dashiell.