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The Complete Maus


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The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
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Everyone goes on about this book, it's been considered one of the best comics since basically the day it came out, and it certainly lives up to the reputation.

While I was worried the book may just be grossly overrated, like some books, but my main concerns were in the art & the non-fiction aspect to the comic. I'm a big non-fiction fan, don't get me wrong, but I'm so used to very cold & factual books, sometimes even comics which can make for boring reads if you're already somewhat familiar with the material, and anyone living in these days has at least seen a couple films about the holocaust caused by the Nazi's.

While, you may see things, you've seen before, you hardly have it in this much detail, and with this much personality. There's no real coldness to this book, in that, there's a lot of character presented, and the fairly meta relationship depicted in the book between the writer & his father (the main subject of the book) is interesting to watch, and like the writer, come to really understand the writers father.

There's no denying that this book is full of dreadful, horrible things, it may not shock as much as Schindler's List, but it will still shock you undoubtedly. Watching so many people in this book, fight to survive, only to be cut down by some inane coincidence, or some dreadful human being, is just soul crushing at times, but never overwhelming. A lot of people die, but the book is very upfront about peoples fates, and never seems to take advantage or exploit the mystery or tension between someones survival. You learn up front that both the writer's parents survive (and some smaller details of their post-war life) & that they had a boy who died, during the war.

A terrific book, that despite the quite depressing subject, reads extremely easily, and is one of the best & detailed depictions of someones personal experience during this horrible time, that I've ever seen.

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Acclaimed as 'the most affective and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust ' (Wall Street Journal) and 'the first masterpiece in comic book history' (New Yorker), Maus is 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.

Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. 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.

Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II.


# 1992 Pulitzer Prize - Special Awards and Citations - Letters (Maus). [1]
# 1990 Max & Moritz Prizes - Special Prize (Maus).
# 1992 Eisner Award - Best Graphic Album: Reprint (Maus II).
# 1992 Harvey Award - Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work (Maus II). [2]
# 1993 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (Maus II, A Survivor's Tale). [3]
# 1993 Angoulême International Comics Festival Awards - Prize for Best Comic Book: Foreign comic (Maus: un survivant raconte, part II).
# 1993 Urhunden Prize - Foreign Album (Maus II).


“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

“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

“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 conception and execution… at one and the same time a novel, a documentary, a memoir, and a comic book. Brilliant, just brilliant.”-Jules Feffer

Author Biography

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.
Release date Australia
October 2nd, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Penguin Books Ltd
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