Maus 2

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Pantheon Books, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 135 pages
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A memoir of Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and about his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father, his story, and history. Cartoon format portrays Jews as mice, Nazis as cats. Using a unique comic-strip-as-graphic-art format, the story of Vladek Spiegelman's passage through the Nazi Holocaust is told in his own words. Acclaimed as a "quiet triumph" and a "brutally moving work of art," the first volume of Art Spiegelman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and History itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), succeeds perfectly in shocking us out of any lingering sense of familiarity with the events described, approaching, as it does, the unspeakable through the diminutive. As the New York Times Book Review commented," [it is] a remarkable feat of documentary detail and novelistic vividness...an unfolding literary event." This long-awaited sequel, subtitled And Here My Troubles Began, moves us from the barracks of Auschwitz to the bungalows of the Catskills. Genuinely tragic and comic by turns, it attains a complexity of theme and a precision of thought new to comics and rare in any medium. Maus ties together two powerful stories: Vladek's harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Vladek's troubled remarriage, minor arguments between father and son, and life's everyday disappointments are all set against a backdrop of history too large to pacify. At every level this is the ultimate survivor's tale -- and that too of the children who somehow survive even the survivors.
  

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Amazing storytelling. - Goodreads
Finally an ending to Art Spiegelman's tragic story. - Goodreads
A great tale and insight to a strong survivor of WWII. - Goodreads
My only nitpick was that the ending was a bit abrupt. - Goodreads
A daring journey of life in pictures. - Goodreads
Only a good writer can do this. - Goodreads

Review: Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus #2)

User Review  - Vicky - Goodreads

Really touching, the WW2 story as well as its effects on the relationship between Art and his father. Read full review

Review: Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus #2)

User Review  - Asciigod - Goodreads

i did a photo essay review of this, and Maus I, on my blog. If interested, the link should be in my profile. Read full review

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About the author (1991)

ART SPIEGELMAN is co-founder/editor of Raw, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. His work has been published in The New York Times, Playboy, The Village Voice, and many other periodicals, and his drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries here and abroad. Honors he has received for Maus include the 1992 Pulitzer Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Mr. Spiegelman lives in New York City with his wife, Francoise Mouly, and their children, Nadja and Dashiell.


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