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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

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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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The second and final book in the series, this one seemed to read faster than the first one. This installment details Art's fathers time in the concentration camps and his subsequent liberation. From the description of the camps, it is amazing that anyone came out alive. The graphic format helps bring the tale to life. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
This is a true story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, Anja. It is a graphic memoir about their survival of the Holocaust where the characters are portrayed as mice. This graphic novel was heartbreaking as it so vividly brings his experience to life. He was tortured, humiliated, and yet remained strong and resilient through it all. I liked how this was a personal account of the Holocaust that wasn't too graphic so it can be appropriate for older children. ( )
  gharot1 | Mar 10, 2019 |
After reading part one of this two volume graphic novel I had to read part two. It's simply amazing.

This second volume continues the two-part story. It's about Spiegelman's troubled relationship with his father and it's about his father's life as a Jew in Poland during World War .II

In the present day portion of the story Spiegelman and his wife are summoned to The Catskill's resort where his father is having trouble caring for himself after his second wife has left him. As before, the father and son are at odds with each other and the mutual frustration is escalating.

In an effort to both distract his father and to get the information to complete the biography in comic form he has started, Spiegelman urges his father to continue his story of his life in the death camps of Hitler's Third Reich.

The first volume left Vladek and his wife at the gates of Auschwitz. In this volume, it's primarily Vladek's story as the two were separated upon arrival at the camp. Vladek's wits and a tremendous amount of luck allowed him to survive the horrors he experienced.

As I said about the first volume, any story about the Holocaust is guaranteed to be heartbreaking. This one manages to have moments of joy and humor here and there amid the horror and sadness. It's a powerful story and the choice to portray the Jews and mice and the Nazis as cats is something that worked well.

I'm so glad I finally read this amazing and powerful work.
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  SuziQoregon | Jan 11, 2019 |
Just as good as the first one. The title is ironic - Vladek sees and goes through unimaginable horrors while people are dying around him, but he and Anja are able to see each other, and he gets skilled jobs so he is relatively fine. "Here my troubles begun" refers to when he loses his health, and is unable to cope. Before the war is over, he sees and experiences terrible things, many times people die around him but some lucky circumstance or his skills spare him. He is a real survivor.

We continue following Art's difficult relationship with his father. Vladek is a miser, and he has some form of OCD, he is a grouchy old man that finds faults with everyone and everything. His second wife leaves him and his health is failing - making Art very anxious. He is responsible for his father but he can't stand him - no one can, he drives everyone nuts. We also learn of Spiegelman's creative struggles with the writing and drawing the book, his inability to deal with the media attention after the success of the first one, his struggles with depression and making sense of what survival means - his father's survival, his own survival of him, the guilt he feels over having had a much easier life.

The most poignant part of the book, however, is the deep love between Art's parents that shines through the terrible reality - and how Vladek still loves and misses her after so many years. The book ends with them reuniting after the war. I cried. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
I am not a huge fan of graphic novels, but this was stunning! ( )
  jlydia | Jun 25, 2018 |
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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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Summer vacation. Francoise and I were staying with friends in Vermont...
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This is the single volume edition of "Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began". It does NOT contain the first volume of the story, Maus I.

DO NOT COMBINE with 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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