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Maus: A Survivor's Tale (edition 2003)

by Art Spiegelman

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Title:Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Authors:Art Spiegelman
Info:Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (2003), Paperback, 296 pages
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Tags:graphic novel, non-fiction

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Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman


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Spiegelman's graphic novel depicts the interviews of his father who was a Polish Jew and survivor of the Holocaust. Much of the plot line describes Spiegelman's strained relationship with his father, Vladek, and the author's longing to know about his mother who committed suicide when she was twenty years old. The plot timeline alternates between the present and the past which immerses the reader into the struggle of Art to relate to his father and the past whose horror keeps Vladek from telling Art the family's history. In this sense, the reader can identify with Art who seeks to know himself. The novel speaks to father and son relationships and can be paired with "The Death of a Salesman" or "Fences." The novel is useful in studying literary devices such as metaphor, particularly, the representation of the Jews as mice and the Germans as cats. Other themes to discuss are racism, the effect of guilt, and the value of memories. The style of the images in the novel are also a primary source for examining the impression of visual text on the reader. Spiegleman specifically designed Maus to appear to be a diary and the style can be contrasted with the more comic book style used in "The Fade Out."
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  sgemmell | Apr 22, 2016 |
A graphic novel, winner of the Pulitzer in 1992. Story of the author's father Vladek, a Jewish survivor. A novel you cannot put down. Different than other holocaust stories. ( )
  Kristelh | Apr 4, 2016 |
RGG: This may be a graphic novel but the complexity of the emotions expressed is for adults. Yes, it's a tale of the Holocaust, but it's also a story about a man starting a family, a man doing what he thinks he needs to do to save his family and then making sense of those experiences, which reflects in his interactions raising his son and then telling his adult son his story. This first volume is just to 1944 and his and his wife's capture after years of hiding. Reading Interest: YA.
1 vote rgruberhighschool | Mar 27, 2016 |
An example of what a graphic novel can achieve. Fascinating and engaging. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
This famous B.D. (“Comic“ – but nothing ‚comic‘ about it) of Art Spiegelman records dialogs with his father he had in the last 10 years of his life. Vladek Spiegelman (1906-1982), now living in the U.S.A., is recounting his early life as a prosperous polish Jew and how he survived Auschwitz; we learn that Vladek’s wife, A.S.’s mother, also an Auschwitz survivor, killed herself in 1968; we learn that A.S.’s relationship with his father is not easy: how much is this due that surviving Auschwitz marked him for life? How much to the fact that the formative lives of father and son were in every respect different? An incident – Art’s wife gives a lift to a young black man – demonstrates to their despair Vladek’s racisms: how can he who has been persecuted because of racism, be still racist himself? But human nature is not that simple and not without contradictions and it is a fallacy to think that experiencing the horrors of the camps would make you a more compassionate person, sympathetic to the suffering of others – if that would be true then there would be a simple answer to make the Earth a better place!
A.S. gives animal identities to all persons according to their race: Jews are drawn as mice quoting Hitler saying that Jews are not human and a mid 30s German newspaper article claiming Mickey Mouse, that miserable vermin, to be the Jew’s ideal; the Germans become cats, the Polish pigs, the U.S. American dogs, a gipsy (Roma) woman becomes a butterfly, a Frenchman a frog. This stereotypes them (although ‘pigs’ are encountered that are good, others vicious) and removes any emotional response from their faces; at times a light-hearted note is created: Gipsy-butterfly, French-frog.
We get a glimpse of the conditions father and mother lived through but, by being narrated, once removed: perhaps the true horror of the camps can never been communicated (A.S. is aware of this of course). (I-16) ( )
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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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