The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art SpiegelmanThe Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale

byArt Spiegelman

Hardcover | November 19, 1996

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THE DEFINITIVE EDITION: The Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel 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).

A brutally moving work of art—widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written—Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats. 

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, weaving the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history's most unspeakable tragedies. It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma.
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, ...
Title:The Complete Maus: A Survivor's TaleFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:296 pages, 9.43 × 6.74 × 1.15 inShipping dimensions:9.43 × 6.74 × 1.15 inPublished:November 19, 1996Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0679406417

ISBN - 13:9780679406419


Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD! I cannot express how much I love this book! Everything about it, the art, the store, the switch between the past and present. It truly is heart wrenching, and there were many parts that made me physically shudder. I never get tired of reading stories about this horrible time in history. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Best narrative I've read of the Holocaust. I don't usually read graphic novels, but I think any reader will enjoy this brutally honest narrative. Highly recommend for everyone to read.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brutal and passionately heartwrenching There is nothing so brutal as to hear about a war renown for its inhumane torture and genocide of near countless people, in the exact words of a survivor. Maus forces identification by creating a narrative which invites the reader into a family, by exploring not only the tragedy in and of itself, but the life lead by a survivor, and the insurmountable task the writer has in attempting to understand and connect with a father who survived indescribable horror.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a maus-t read I love this text and Spiegelman's use of animals to tell the story. I love the authors honesty and vulnerability in telling it, including his own story alongside his fathers. This is also a great resource for students.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mjst read, read it now A well described and gripping survival of the holocost. Even if you don't reading grafic novels, this is a must read.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good very interesting story i felt there was a lot of detail but in the other instance not enough. It was really interesting learning about there time in Poland but why was it so hard in the present.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read The best book I have read on the holocaust. Easy to follow and intriguing storyline. Definitely a must read!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maus Easy to follow illustrations that work very well to portray the story. The story itself is amazing, intriguing, and will pull you in. The book focuses on the experience of the author's father during the Holocaust but also depicts the author's rocky relationship with his father. One of the best graphic novels I've read.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-Read Everyone must read this one in their lifetime. Very powerful story and style that captures that particular time.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was outstanding. I loved the way Art told the story of his father's life during the Holocaust. The way he was able to draw such a tragic and impactful story in such away was phenomenal. I would definitely recommend this to people who enjoy wartime stories.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved it! This is one of the best graphic novels I have read so far! The content is haunting and the images only add to the story. I also really enjoyed that the author includes himself as a character; I think it really adds a layer to the story and his relationship with his father which to put it lightly is not perfect. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. I hope to teach this graphic novel one day because I think Maus was a great read.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Fantastic graphic novel and also gives reader insight about the Holocaust. After I finished reading, I made my sister read it because I just wanted to share the brilliance that is Maus.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent graphic novel This is a fantastic graphic novel about WWII and the Holocaust. This graphic novel makes a clean analogy between Hitler and the Nazis and rats.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent If you want some history that's not outright history, this is a good book
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good!! A must read for anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Look A great look at the horrors of the holocaust in graphic novel form.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it great depiction of the horrors of the holocaust and life ever after. a must read.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I wish the author could have painted the Polish people in a more positive light. I mean he not only made them pigs, he also never depicted them doing something that was not greedy. This takes away from what the Polish people historically did to fight off the invasion (and what many died trying to end). Hard read, very emotional, definately an older teen/adult book only.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece. This book is a must-read for everyone!
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic The artist renders his father's personal account as a holocaust survivor, juxtaposed with their strained relationship. It's a wonderful, tragic read.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning. This book will blow your mind. It is a graphic novel, of course, but it is the most breath-taking account of the holocaust I have ever read. Highly recommend to all.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must One of the best graphic novels of all time, and also one of the finest accounts of the Holocaust we'll ever get to read.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read in a Lifetime art spiegelman is one of the best graphic novelists and truly a storytelling mastermind. it's based on the true events on the harsh brutality his parents went through during world war II. there's more to it than just the entire story, there's allegory, the parallel of stories, imagery, and each comic panel is darn intense. you must read it at least once in your lifetime, or else!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need to read this comic at least once. heartbreaking and intense and honest. If you've heard of Maus, you know what the storytelling device is, I'm just here to tell you that diving into it is 100% worth it. Art Spiegelman is a genius.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best graphic novels of all time Art Spiegelman delivers an emotional powerhouse graphic novel. Equal parts historical and personal history, Spiegelman creates a complex story. We follow Spiegelman's fathers life before and during WWII and his capture and stay in Auschwitz and Spiegelman's struggle to get this story and understand it. It's a book a person needs to read, and then re-read.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An emotional look into survivial on an epic scale. I only just finished reading this book minutes ago, and ran to my computer to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. I started reading graphic literature a year or so ago, and started out reading books like Spider-Man, X-men, Runaways, Invincible and Fables. After getting into Super-Hero books, I had a look at IGN comics for recommendations on something different to sink my teeth into. It was dumb luck that I ended up choosing The Complete Maus as there were hundreds of highly praised books. This book is undoubtedly the best book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is the personal recollections of Vladek Spiegelmans experience during the Nazi control of Poland. This book is brutally honest and does not pull punches in the least. Vladek explains the initial prejudice and anti-Semitic realties in Poland before the war, and accounts in detail the hell in which polish Jews both lived and usually died throughout the war itself. I won’t give out any specific details of the tragic events that befell Valdek, his friends and family, but suffice to say this is one of the most epic stories ever written. Maus will make you laugh aloud with one panel, and cry the next. This is truly a tale of surviving with nothing but love, hope and the determination. In closing I would like to say that if you are willing to give one graphic novel a chance, let it be Maus.
Date published: 2006-10-20

From Our Editors

It is the story of Vladek Speigelman, 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. 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.

Editorial Reviews

“A loving documentary and brutal fable, a mix of compassion and stoicism [that] sums up the experience of the Holocaust with as much power and as little pretension as any other work I can think of.”–The New Republic“A quiet triumph, moving and simple–impossible to describe accurately, and impossible to achieve in any medium but comics.”–The Washington Post“Spiegelman has turned the exuberant fantasy of comics inside out by giving us the most incredible fantasy in comics’ history: something that actually occurred…. The central relationship is not that of cat and mouse, but that of Art and Vladek. Maus is terrifying not for its brutality, but for its tenderness and guilt.”–The New Yorker“All too infrequently, a book comes along that’s as daring as it is acclaimed. Art Spiegelman’s Maus is just such a book.”–Esquire“An epic story told in tiny pictures.”–The New York Times“A remarkable work, awesome in its conception and execution… at one and the same time a novel, a documentary, a memoir, and a comic book. Brilliant, just brilliant.”–Jules Feffer