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The Complete MAUS [Paperback]

Art Spiegelman
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2 Oct 2003

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman - the Pulitzer prize-winning Holocaust survivor story

'The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust'

Wall Street Journal

'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.

This combined, definitive edition includes Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II.

Art Spiegelman is a contributing editor and artist for the New Yorker. His drawings and prints have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, and a Guggenheim fellowship. It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Award. His other books include: Breakdowns: From Maus to Now, an Anthology of Strips; The Wild Party; Open Me, I'm A Dog; Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched to Their Limits; In the Shadow of No Towers; Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!; Be a Nose; Jack and the Box and MetaMaus. He lives in New York.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141014083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141014081
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A loving documentary and brutal fable, a mix of compassion and stoicism [that] sums up the experience of the Holocaust with as much power and as little pretension as any other work I can think of."
-"The New Republic
""A quiet triumph, moving and simple-impossible to describe accurately, and impossible to achieve in any medium but comics."
-The "Washington Post
""Spiegelman has turned the exuberant fantasy of comics inside out by giving us the most incredible fantasy in comics' history: something that actually occurred.... The central relationship is not that of cat and mouse, but that of Art and Vladek. "Maus" is terrifying not for its brutality, but for its tenderness and guilt."
-"The New Yorker
""All too infrequently, a book comes along that's as daring as it is acclaimed. Art Spiegelman's "Maus "is just such a book."
""An epic story told in tiny pictures."
-"The New York Times
""A remarkable work, awesome in its concepti --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Art Spiegelman is a contributing editor and artist for the New Yorker. His drawings and prints have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, and a Guggenheim fellowship. It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Award. He lives in New York.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surviving the survivors 22 May 1998
By A Customer
If one sign of a great work is that it breeds heated discussions -- Maus and Maus II certainly qualify. (By the way, everyone, the Nazi's were CATS!). Most of the objections I read from other reviewers seem to stem from the fact that this powerful, moving, and disturbing book does not promulgate their particular political agenda. Those of you who take offense should remember that this book is not a political history, but a biography. Even then, we should also note that the primary focus of this work is not the actual atrocities of the Holocaust, but in what came next. Art Spiegleman created this because he was trying to understand how his mother could survive all the horrors of a concentration camp, only to kill herself years later. In the wake of her suicide, Maus reveals itself to be a tale of how Spiegleman survived his mother's act of self-destruction, and in so doing, reveals much about all humans everywhere. (Also, let's never forget one thing, folks: A Comic Book won a Pulitzer Prize!)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book represents many other stories 10 Nov 1998
By A Customer
I worked at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies as a student at Yale University. I reviewed many testimonies, and was at one point assigned a number of videos about survivors from Sosnowiec, Poland, where much of _Maus_ takes place. I can only say of the books that they reproduce both typical experiences of those survivors and the tone of their stories in an extremely effective, real and moving way. The books are not at all implausible, as has been suggested in other reviews at this site; surviving the Holocaust required that level of ingenuity and courage, as I witnessed through many similar personal stories. If you are not able to learn about the Holocaust from someone who experienced it, these books are a very artistic and brave attempt to convey that knowledge. Spiegelman has given an authentic voice to the many, many survivors whose stories would otherwise languish on the shelves of archives around the world.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maus 10 April 2007
There is a huge amount of holocaust literature available, lots of it well written and moving but this graphic novel packs quite a punch and is all the more engrossing because of its cartoon form.

I found it just as affecting as Primo Levi's books which is high praise indeed. I have lent this to family who, like me, found it gut wrenching but rewarding. And none of us read comics or graphic novels ever. If you don't either, make this the exception. Should be essential reading.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work for our time 15 Nov 2003
By "hc19"
On first inspection, a comic strip depicting the suffering of the Holocaust through the use of 'cat' and 'mice' figures seems insupportable, almost laughable. However, the moment you begin to read the Maus collection, you are drawn into an incredible world, the world of the Holocaust, and become part of it. The mice become as real to the reader as their own family, the Nazi cats as terrifying as any living nightmare. Through the struggle to survivial of the Speigelman family, both during and after the Holocaust, the reader gats a real sense of what it is to have experienced such events, whether literally, or as a second-generation survivor. An amazing both, which is both hugely entertaining and surprising.
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books everyone should read... 25 July 2004
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
The world of comics/graphic novels is one relatively unfamiliar to me- I don't know why, as those that I have read I have loved, e.g. From Hell, Ghost World, and this collection of Art Spiegelman's Maus-works from the 70s to the 90s (the chapters were published seperately & differently between 1980 and 1991 and the 'cut-in' story Prisoner of the Hell Planet originates from Short Order Comix in 1973). I never usually get round to the 'graphic novel' section in bookshops- I tend to plump for fiction and usually find a few titles there, pay for them and leave. So, I was pretty much oblivious to The Complete Maus until a recent BBC4 programme pitched it against Schindler's Ark/List. I loathe the way the BBC has to turn everything into a competition (I thought Schindler's Ark was a great book!), but appreciated the way that The Complete Maus, written in a format people seem to look down upon, was presented as another way in which the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust (Shoah) were dealt with (perhaps the BBC should have made a documentary or series on ways in which culture has represented the Nazi Horrors of the 20th Century?). But no matter, I'd logged the name in my head and a piece on Spiegelman and 9-11 recently made me go out and look for it...
And I feel cheated that I didn't discover this book earlier, as I could have read it several times more if I'd found it a few years earlier. Spiegelman takes his family's personal history- his mother's suicide, his father's unhappy remarriage, his family's European origin, and above all the experience of the Nazi Holocaust and places it in the comic-form (which even Vladek looks down upon here, until he reads Prisoner of the Hell Planet).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moved Me To Tears 9 April 2012
The only graphic novel (to date) that has ever moved me to tears. So simple, so unapologetic, so painfully honest, it lets the events speak for themselves, and in doing so respects the memory of those who went through it. No hyperbole or exaggeration, just one man's story, what he saw, what he heard, raw fear, raw suffering and ultimately raw love. So heartbreaking and the only Holocaust book to really impart on me the full impact of the horror the Jews went through. Feel ashamed of my own easy life after reading this...and as well I should
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intense and moving tale
An intense and moving tale of what happened to a survivor of the Holocaust. Although there is a lot of content relating to the horrors of Nazi Anti-Semitism the story is mainly... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Daniel Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really good script and sequence. Very good the story inside the story. The drawing is not perfect but the sequence and the movement is very well done. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marcos
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
"The Complete Maus" by Art Spiegelman did live up to the hype and expectations. A moving story told well with lots of thoughtful ideas and angles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ChristophFischerBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply one of the greatest graphic novels ever produced.
Maus is a truly staggering piece of work. Moving and humorous. Insightful and thought provoking. Maus uses the personal tale of the writers own journey into the art/comic world... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jamie M
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
This is the first graphic novel I have read and it certainly adds a dimension to my understanding of the holocaust and its consequences.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. A. Seigal
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
"Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway." - Dr. Who (3rd). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hakim Briki
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely unputdownable.
Look, don't argue. You must just read this book. Everybody should. Its not as if its difficult: its a cartoon strip after all! Get it! Got it? Good.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen2810
4.0 out of 5 stars never Forget
First class example of the skill required to complete such a work. A powerful subject handled really well. Very, very well done
Published 2 months ago by terence williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Review on book
The book was in perfect condition when it arrived. New addition as stated in the advertisement. Very pleased with the purchase
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing but essential
It's hard to imagine a more effective way of telling this terrible tale. Even his depiction as a comic-book mouse does nothing to limit the human qualities, human sacrifices and... Read more
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