Publisher description for Maus : a survivor's tale / Art Spiegelman.


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At last! 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). It now appears as it was originally envisioned by the author: The Complete Maus.

It is 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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Spiegelman, Vladek -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Holocaust survivors -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Spiegelman, Art -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Children of Holocaust survivors -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.