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Maus : a survivor's tale / Art Spiegelman.

Author/creator Spiegelman, Art
Format Book and Print
Publication InfoNew York : Pantheon Books, ©1986-1991.
Description2 volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Portion of title Maus II
Variant title Maus 2
Contents v. 1. My father bleeds history -- v. 2. And here my troubles began.
Abstract The author-illustrator traces his father's imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp through a series of disarming and unusual cartoons arranged to tell the story as a novel.
Other formsA memoir of Vladek Spiegelman, 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. The story 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.
Awards noteAmerican Book Award, 1992
Genre/formComic books, strips, etc.
Genre/formGraphic novels.
Genre/formGraphic novels.
LCCN 86042642
ISBN9780808598534 (v. 1 ; hbk.)
ISBN0808598538 (v. 1 ; hbk.)
ISBN9780394747231 (v. 1 ; pbk.)
ISBN0394747232 (v. 1 ; pbk.)
ISBN9780394556550 (v. 2 ; hbk.)
ISBN0394556550 (v. 2 ; hbk.)
ISBN9780679729778 (v. 2 ; pbk.)
ISBN0679729771 (v. 2 ; pbk.)

Available Items

Library Location Call Number Status Item Actions
Joyner General Stacks D810 .J4 S643 1986 ✔ Available Place Hold