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Maus, a survivor's tale, Art Spiegelman

Summary
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
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
"Chapters one through six of Maus, Volume I and chapters one through four of Maus, Volume II first appeared, in a somewhat different form, in Raw magazine between 1980 and 1991. 'Prisoner of the Hell Planet' originally appeared in Short Order Comix #1, 1973"--Title page verso
Physical Description
295 pages, chiefly illustrations, 24 cm
Specific Material Designation
regular print
Isbn
9780141014081

Library Locations

  • Rockport Public Library

    17 School Street, Rockport, MA, 01966, US
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