by Art Spiegelman - £16.99 Penguin (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780141014081 | ISBN 10: 0141014083
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.
"Maus memoralizes 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. One of the cliches about the Holocaust is that you can't imagine it - like nuclear war its horror outfaces the artistic imagination. Spiegelman disproves that theory."
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In booklists: Experiences of War - Civilians, Art and Artists - Europe, Peace and War in Art and Photography, Germany, Fiction - Anti-Semitism and The Holocaust, Political Cartoons, Comics and Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels and Cartoons - Non-Fiction, Anti-Semitism & The Holocaust, Artist's Lives, In categories: Peace & Human Rights, World - Europe, Arts & Creativity, History & Biography, Fiction, Jewish Diaspora, Politics & Philosophy, Humour, Gifts & Seasonal, Anti-Racism,