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

by Art Spiegelman (Author)

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This one didn't knock me out of the park the way the first one did, although it was still a solid. ( )
  dknippling | Dec 5, 2014 |
This was just as complete and emotional as the first part. I think the characters became alive this time around, enough to even give me a slight annoyance (not always a bad thing). ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
How does one even try to explain the horrors that were the death camps of Nazi Germany? How can one approach the story of someone who survived to tell the tale?

Art Spiegelman's black and white graphic novels tell the complex story of his relationship with his survivor father and Vladek's survival of Auschwitz.

I love the choice of using black and white, instead of color, to tell this story. It makes for a more stark and rich telling, as does the choice to make the characters into animals.

What horrors told, each survivor and family member trying to live with the pain and suffering while trying to make sense of the utter destruction that was the Final Solution. ( )
  AuntieClio | Jun 22, 2014 |
Painful and amazing. ( )
  Moem | Mar 11, 2014 |
Every bit as powerful as the first volume. I found myself less sympathetic with Art here, though. It became more and more obvious that the exchange of story for time with his son was the same as the bribes to stay alive or get things done in camp, and that Art used this to his advantage. The last few pages felt rushed compared to the pace of the rest of the book, but the story closes well. Recommended. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
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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
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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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Summer vacation. Francoise and I were staying with friends in Vermont...
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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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