Maus: a survivor's tale

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Pantheon Books, 1991 - History - 295 pages
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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 Maustells 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. Mausapproaches 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). Mausis 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. Mausstudies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.

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Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman is a great book. This book is an easy and fast read, but by no means are they simple. It gives you a great point of view with someone who actually went through this. The book shows you how this horrible event affects everyone’s life. Spiegelman wrote this book telling his fathers story, so you get an actual account of what happen in a Jews everyday life during this time. You should also read the second book Spiegelman wrote to Maus. So you can get the full story of his fathers life during and after the Holocaust.  


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A true piece of history through the eyes of a holocaust survivor as told by his son. Dont we all disregard our irrelevant parents until we seek to understand Read full review

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About the author (1991)

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.

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