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The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (original 1980; edition 1996)

by Art Spiegelman

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The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale contains combines the two volumes Maus: My Father Bleeds History and Maus: And Here My Troubles Began. It is a non-fiction graphic novel written by Art Spiegelman, whose father, Vladek, and mother, Anja, were Polish Jews who survived the German occupation of Poland and Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The book tells the story of Vladek and Anja's lives from their courtship, marriage, and birth of their first child before the war, through their stay in the ghettos of Poland, incarceration in Auschwitz, and the end of the war, to Anja's eventual suicide and Vladek's death years after the end of the war. It also tells the story of Spiegelman's interviews with his estranged father to get his story for the novel.

The graphics in the novel are done in black and white ink which help to convey something of the starkness and terror of Vladek and Anja's situation. The artist has chosen to portray the Jews as mice, and the Nazi's and other Germans as cats, which I think adds additional depth to the story. Most of the cells have dialog; there are very few that are just picture alone, so it does read a little like a traditional book, but the art adds much to the story. The story is told as Vladek reminisces about his past.

I am fascinated by WWII and have read quite a few books about the war and the Holocaust. In all honesty, this is probably one of the more powerful books on the topic that I've read. It doesn't try to tug at emotions as many fictional accounts do, and it is not as dry and boring as many non-fictional accounts of the Holocaust.

If you have not yet read this book, I highly recommend it. ( )
  rretzler | May 9, 2017 |
Maus is the retelling of Spiegelman's father's life experience as a Jew living through World War II. The story of his parent's lives during their time before, during, and after Auschwitz is told wonderfully through the graphic depiction, and I rather enjoyed reading it. The panels that depict the time at which Spiegelman was learning about his father's life was rather interesting as well. I think that this would be a good graphic novel to get students to test the waters where they might not otherwise.
  hcchilders | Oct 31, 2016 |
This is a summaryI found: "Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival - and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance."

So far reading it I love it. Maus is really two parallel stories, not one. It jumps back and forth between the two stories, one set in the past (Poland), the other set in the present (NYC). The artistry is incredible as well. ( )
  Jacobf | Oct 25, 2016 |
Quirky yet moving, this graphic novel is the story, as related to the author by his Jewish father, of living through the Holocaust and experiencing life in a concentration camp. The Jews are portrayed as mice, the Nazis as cats. Vivid and memorable. ( )
  Cinnamon_Heart | Apr 20, 2016 |
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This is the OMNIBUS edition containing both "Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History" and "Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began".

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On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its first publication, here is the definitive edition of the book 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).

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.

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This book memorializes Spiegelman's father's experience of the Holocaust - it follows his story, frame by frame, from youth and marriage in pre-war Poland to imprisonment in Auschwitz. The 'survivor's tale' that results is stark and unembellished.

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