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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Review: The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Maus #1-2)User Review - Sean Leas - Goodreads
Simple. Powerful. It was more than just a read or a story, it is a retelling of the human condition. I really enjoyed how the various nationalities were portrayed using different animals. As we travel ... Read full review
Review: The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Maus #1-2)User Review - Asta Meisner - Goodreads
(4,5). This book portrayed a jews life under the war in such an honest and emotional way. It did not try to sugarcoat the things that happened to Art's dad and the fact that we see how affected he is by the war even after it ended. Really really enjoyed this so much. Read full review