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Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My…

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (1991)

by Art Spiegelman (Author)

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Wow! I am not a big comic/graphic fan, but I was amazed at how well this story worked! ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Wow! I am not a big comic/graphic fan, but I was amazed at how well this story worked! ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
I finished both part 1 and 2 in one sitting because this series was that mesmerizing. Spiegelman created a substantial truth about his relationship with his father and also how the Holocaust played into that relationship. The fact that Spiegelman took the time to listen to his father about this period of his life shows that he is someone that understands the need to hear these stories even if it sometimes feels that there are numerous ones out there. Also to think about it in the context of a graphic novel presented in this fashion is unreal. I can hear people shouting, "He made the Jews into mice for goodness sake" but this is what makes the book genius. He presents the world exactly as what it would have been perceived as by the Nazi party, but he furthers it by making the Nazi party into cats, so that we understand that they are also part of this animal farm brigade. I admire the creativity of this work, but also the truth that rings out throughout. Spiegelman presents the good and the bad of his father regardless of how it will make him or his father appear. Each moment truly is touching and helps us understand why his father acts a certain way, but also it helps us to see the relationship that they shared. Not all relationships are conventional and this shows one that is not, but is beautiful in its own unique shinning way. ( )
  SoulFlower1981 | Jan 20, 2016 |
Continuing where the first book left off, Maus II depicts, Vladek's time in Auschwitz and his life immediately following the war as he searched for his wife, Annja, and home. In creasingly, Art and Vladek's current life is shared in the panels, which shows not only the Holocaust forever changed Vladek, but also the guilt that Art experiences, along with their rocky relationship.

Every bit as good as the first book, I really do think these books should be read together. Seperately they only give you part of the story, which I think dilutes it. Together they are a powerful and moving testement to atrocities committed, and a reminder that never again should we allow a group of people to so systemically set out to destroy another. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
Maus II is a continuation of the graphic novel memoir of Art Spiegelman's father as a Jew during World War II. Maus II picks up where Maus I left off, with Art's father, Vladek, being taken to Auschwitz. The reader is told the story of Vladek in two time periods, during his trials in the concentration camps during the War and his life in America in the 1980s. You see the man that Vladek became and you wonder how much his war experiences contributed to his personality. You also see how the author, Art, struggles with his family's history and his relationship with his father. I found the graphic novel format to be an interesting format to tell the story. What made this story different to me than other holocaust memoirs were the portions of the story that were in the eighties. It added a dimension to the story about how the experiences of a survivor shaped the man he became and how Art was affected by the war even though he was born after the war was over. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 13, 2016 |
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Perhaps no Holocaust narrative will ever contain the whole experience. But Art Spiegelman has found an original and authentic form to draw us closer to its bleak heart.
By writing and drawing simply, directly and earnestly, Mr. Spiegelman is able to lend his father's journey into hell and back an immediacy and poignance... In recounting the tales of both the father and the son in "Maus" and now in "Maus II," Mr. Spiegelman has stretched the boundaries of the comic book form and in doing so has created one of the most powerful and original memoirs to come along in recent years.
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Mickey Mouse is the most miserable ideal ever revealed...Healthy emotions tell every independent young man and every honorable youth that the dirty and filth-covered vermin, the greatest bacteria carrier in the animal kingdom, cannot be the ideal type of animal...Away with Jewish brutalization of the people! Down with Mickey Mouse! Wear the Swastika Cross!
--newspaper article, pomerania, Germany, mid-1930s
Thanks to Paul Pavel, Deborah Karl, and Mala Spiegelman for helping this volume into the world.
Thanks to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for a fellowship that allowed me to focus on completing Maus.
And my thanks, with love and admiration, to Francoise Mouly for her intelligence, integrity, editorial skills, and for her love.
For Richieu and for Nadja
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A memoir of Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and about his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father, his story, and history. Cartoon format portrays Jews as mice, Nazis as cats. Using a unique comic-strip-as-graphic-art format, the story of Vladek Spiegelman's passage through the Nazi Holocaust is told in his own words. Acclaimed as a "quiet triumph" and a "brutally moving work of art," the first volume of Art Spiegelman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and History itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), succeeds perfectly in shocking us out of any lingering sense of familiarity with the events described, approaching, as it does, the unspeakable through the diminutive. As the New York Times Book Review commented," [it is] a remarkable feat of documentary detail and novelistic vividness...an unfolding literary event." This long-awaited sequel, subtitled And Here My Troubles Began, moves us from the barracks of Auschwitz to the bungalows of the Catskills. Genuinely tragic and comic by turns, it attains a complexity of theme and a precision of thought new to comics and rare in any medium. Maus ties together two powerful stories: Vladek's harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Vladek's troubled remarriage, minor arguments between father and son, and life's everyday disappointments are all set against a backdrop of history too large to pacify. At every level this is the ultimate survivor's tale -- and that too of the children who somehow survive even the survivors.… (more)

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