Complete Maus

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Pantheon Books, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 295 pages
A memoir of Vladek Spiegelman, 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. The story 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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The author tells us the story of his fathers experiences as a Jew during World War II - as well as about his own experiences in interviewing his father about his past. He does this in a unique way, by ... Read full review

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Let's get some of this out early. I didn't like the artwork. I found it a touch too simplistic and really, there was no need to use mice and pigs, etc. Second, much of the story was unforgivably ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
25
Section 3
34
Section 4
50
Section 5
52
Section 6
63
Section 7
64
Section 8
68
Section 20
175
Section 21
190
Section 22
192
Section 23
193
Section 24
195
Section 25
209
Section 26
211
Section 27
217

Section 9
92
Section 10
102
Section 11
137
Section 12
138
Section 13
142
Section 14
152
Section 15
157
Section 16
159
Section 17
164
Section 18
167
Section 19
172
Section 28
219
Section 29
220
Section 30
225
Section 31
245
Section 32
247
Section 33
270
Section 34
272
Section 35
277
Section 36
282
Section 37
294
Section 38
295

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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.

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