The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale, Volume 1

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Pantheon Books, Nov 19, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 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 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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This book combines the two original graphic novels: Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History – and – Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began. As his father was aging, Art ... Read full review

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This Graphic Novel is about Art Spiegelman's attempts to write down the story of his father's experiences and survival through the Nazi concentration camps through WW2. This is definitely a Novel for ... Read full review

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42
III
92
IV
125
V
156
VI
249

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About the author (1996)

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, Francoise Mouly, and their two children, Nadja and Dashiell.

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