Maus I

Maus I

A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History

Graphic Novel - 1992
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The first installment of 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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [1992], c1986.
ISBN: 9780394747231
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC 940.5318 Spiegelm
Characteristics: 159 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Spiegelman, Art


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Maus is the tale of Art Spiegelman’s troubled relationship with his father Vladek, a Holocaust survivor, and, through his conversations with his father the story of his family’s experiences of Hitler’s Final Solution.

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JCLBeckyC Dec 21, 2016

A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.

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JCLMeredithN Feb 12, 2014

One of my favorite graphic novels. Well--not 'favorite', but probably the best. Compelling way to tell his story.

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Mar 11, 2014

I feel like I'll need to re-read The Complete Maus a few times to fully appreciate it. As a straightforward description, Art Spielgelman's story is his own father's story of surviving the Holocaust. Though good stories are never that simple. Some moments are heartbreaking; some are deadpan funny. And still others are strangely disquieting, like for example the author trying to figure out how to say what he wants to say while he's saying it to the reader. (Art Spielgelman is, after all, a character in Maus and is more or less the hinge of the whole tale as he gathers his father's recollections.) Another factor that contributes to the book's brilliance and certainly to its unconventionality is the use of animals to portray the different races, e.g. Jews as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs. This changes the conversation on racism some though I think it was a nice touch given the medium.

I recommend that any fan of graphic novels have a look at this one. But have patience. It may be slow going before Maus really connects.

Nov 18, 2013

This was the first graphic novel that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. I am interested in the history of the Holocaust and this puts a really unique spin on it. Very intense and touching for a story that is told using animated mice!


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