The Complete MAUS

The Complete MAUS

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 30mm | 860g
  • Viking
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • chiefly Illustrations (some col.)
  • 067092167X
  • 9780670921676
  • 968,036

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It is the story of Vladek Speigelman, 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. 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.
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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."
-"Esquire
""An epic story told in tiny pictures."
-"The New York Times
""A remarkable work, awesome in its concepti
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About Art Spiegelman

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. 2012 is the 25th Anniversary of the first publication of Maus.
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4 25% (42,540)
3 7% (11,376)
2 2% (2,758)
1 1% (1,782)
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