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The Complete MAUS Paperback – 2 Oct 2003
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The first masterpiece in comic book history (New Yorker)
One of the clichés about the Holocaust is that you can't imagine it - Spiegelman disproves this theory (Independent)
A brutally moving work of art (Boston Globe)
In the tradition of Aesop and Orwell, it serves to shock and impart powerful resonance to a well-documented subject. The artwork is so accomplished, forceful and moving (TimeOut)
Spiegelman has turned the exuberant fantasy of comics inside out by giving us the most incredible fantasy in comics' history: something that actually occurred. Maus is terrifying not for its brutality, but for its tenderness and guilt (New Yorker)
An epic story told in tiny pictures (New York Times)
The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust (Wall Street Journal)
Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep...when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world and long for the sequel that will return you to it (Umberto Eco)
A remarkable feat of documentary detail and novelistic vividness...an unfolding literary event (New York Times Book Review)
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' (New York Times)
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, which was also nominated for the National Book Critics Award. He lives in New York.
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This book is a must read and a book which l will treasure. Wonderful masterpiece.
In the unflinching pages of "Maus", Jews betray Jews. Jews steal from Jews. Jews discriminate against non-Jews. I sat up with a shock when Vladek, the tale's central holocaust survivor, displays unbelievable racism towards a black man. Having lived through unspeakable persecution, he speaks of African-Americans in the same way that a Nazi would speak of a Jew. Also, in his old age, Vladek has come to resemble the Nazi stereotype of the "miserly old Jew". This adds incredible power and depth to this already complex story, throwing up countless questions on morality, racial identity and the grey area between good and evil.
It is a staggeringly brave book and its courage has sealed its success. I only wish more artists out would get some guts and show the world some work that really matters.
It is an awful, horrible book that fully brings home the impact of the Holocaust through the use of the Cats as the Germans and the Mice as the Jews....whilst that may sound disrespectful and distasteful for the gravity of the subject, somehow, it utterly works.
The comic style adds a childlike stance to the story, (whilst it is not a childs story) and it somehow clearly exposes the cruelty espoused by the Germans for what it was - an utterly unfair and almost childish fascination with blaming the Jews for their own failings. This impacted me like almost no other book before and since...perhaps it is the fact it is presented like a comic that grips you easily and then hammers home like a sucker punch to the gut with the awful subject matter.
An all-time masterpiece, in every sense. Disturbing but absolutely captivating, read it.
Spigelman's use of animals is terrific. To say it softens the blow or impact is unfair; but if the characters were drawn as humans it would be far too much to take. Maus is not for the faint hearted. It is a graphic and gritty portrayal of one of the most horrific chapters of world history.
The story is a real journey, charting the early 1930s through to the end of the war. This is a monumental and epic text which like the subject matter- should not be ignored.
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