The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale

Hardcover | November 19, 1996

byArt Spiegelman

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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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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...

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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 Europ...

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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...

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 Ci...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.4 × 6.6 × 1.1 inPublished:November 19, 1996Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0679406417

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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.
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