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Maus II : And Here My Troubles Began (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Art Spiegelman

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Title:Maus II : And Here My Troubles Began
Authors:Art Spiegelman
Info:Pantheon (1991), Edition: Graphic No, Hardcover
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Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman (Author) (1991)

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Spiegelman's relationship with his father is as devastating as Vladek's history. This novel is as much about Artie as it is about Vladek which makes this survivor tale truly stand out from the others.

Themes: Surviving the Holocaust, writing, difficult parent-child relationships, guilt. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
It's Maus though like Maus is automatically good. I really liked this story. I found it sad, the ending was sad. The saddest part for me though was definitely to see what kind of person art's dad was after the war though. It was sad to see him push people away and be so uptight about money. Their relationship was also sad. Sad but good. Definitely a must read for everyone. ( )
  thatgirlbookworm | Aug 5, 2015 |
Maus II picks up where Maus I left off for Spiegelman's father, Vladek. From the ouset of Maus II, conditions continue to worsen as Vladek is transferred to Auschwitz. I was especially intrigued by the story of the author and his interactions with his aging father which are woven into the story of surviving the Holocaust. These interactions clearly depicted how the war had a lasting impact on survivors and how they worked to put the pieces of their lives back together after such a tragic event. A great graphic novel for grade 10-12 students who are interested in WW2 and the Holocaust but also has a strong appeal for older readers as well. ( )
  AleashaKachel | Feb 26, 2015 |
The heavy topics return as Spiegelman's father continues his story of survival. At this point he is a prisoner in the concentration camp at Auschwitz and surviving because of his ability to appeared skilled at whatever the gestapo or Nazis need, whether it be working with tin or fixing shoes. The most poignant element of Vladek's story is that he never gave up on his wife. Being that she was so thin and frail, he feared the worst but he never lost some small hope that he would see her again. The struggle between father and son held the most emotional tension, despite Vladek's ordeals. Evidence of Alzheimer's disease complicates their relationship, as does the leaving of Vladek's second wife, Mala. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jan 14, 2015 |
This second book is the story of his dad's survival as he is a prisoner of the Nazis. It is also the story of survival for the author. No one who has lived through a tragedy goes through it alone. Think of 9/11. Those family members and especially the children of survivors of that day are forever affected by the way they lived life with those survivors after the event. This is the case with Art Spiegelman. We see how affected he was and how difficult life was for him. This is not an easy book to read. I know many of our students will pick it up and think only of it as a graphic novel. However, I can guarantee you that as they read it, the last thing they will think about is the format. I am glad our school is using this book for part of its Holocaust unit. I applaud them and recommend this series to Young adults and adult alike. ( )
  skstiles612 | Dec 29, 2014 |
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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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