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Maus, A Survivor's Tale, Book I: My Father Bleeds History

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Two powerful, definitive chronicles of modern atrocities — the perfect books for anyone who doubts comix have grown up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus is a staggering personal depiction of the Holocaust, rendered all the stronger by Spiegelman's refusal to lionize the victims (Spiegelman's parents are presented as complex individuals — warts and all — instead of saintly martyrs) and his determination to keep his metaphor (Jews as mice, Germans as cats) from slipping into allegory.

Safe Area Gorazde suggests we didn't learn much from the Holocaust except how to avert our gaze when genocide is being enacted practically under our noses. Sacco's account of the war in Sarajevo is human and heartbreaking. His vividly rendered images put us right there in Gorazde, with an immediacy neither film nor prose can replicate. Nothing can truly atone for the world's complacency in the midst of the Sarajevo massacre, but Sacco's remarkable graphic novel goes a long way toward helping us understand the brutalities that our newspapers glossed over. Recommended by Bolton
Recommended by Carole R., Powells.com

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A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.

Review:

"Spiegelman's work [is] uniquely moving and...delightful....Spiegelman is no sentimentalist. The mouse-Jews betray each other to the cat-Nazis, and his father, a difficult man, is hardly idealized....But it's not just this unblinking realism that makes Maus so disconcerting: it's the choice of so stylized a medium....The very artificiality of its surface makes it possible to imagine the reality beneath." David Gates, Newsweek

Review:

"[S]oon one is marveling at the amount of fear, hope, love and pathos that can emerge from a sketch of a mouse's head scarcely a half-inch high....[Spiegelman] promises us a sequel and I, for one, can't wait. I hope he is scurrying. The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust." Robert Grossman, The Nation

Review:

"Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep. When two of the mice speak of love, you are moved, when they suffer, you weep. Slowly through this little tale comprised of suffering, humor and life's daily trials, you are captivated by the language of an old Eastern European family, and drawn into the gentle and mesmerizing rhythm, and when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world." Umberto Eco

Review:

"All too infrequently, a book comes along that's as daring as it is acclaimed Art Spiegelman Maus is just such book." Esquire

Review:

"The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Making a Holocaust comic book with Jews as mice and Germans as cats would probably strike most people as flippant, if not appalling. [This book] is the opposite of flippant and appalling. To express yourself as an artist, you must find a form that leaves you in control but doesn't leave you by yourself. That's how Maus looks to me — a way Mr. Spiegelman found of making art." William Hamilton, Books of the Century, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Spiegelman is not your usual comic book artist. Anyone who can produce a cartoon on the subject of his own mother's suicide is clearly bent on destroying all notions of what 'comics' should or should not be." The Nation

Review:

"This is a complex book. It relates events which young adults, as the future architects of society, must confront, and their interest is sure to be caught by the skillful graphics and suspenseful unfolding of the story." School Library Journal

About the Author

Art Spiegelman is co-founder/editor of Raw, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. His work has been published in the New York Times, Playboy, the Village Voice, and many other periodicals, and his drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries here and abroad. Honors he has received for Maus include a Guggenheim fellowship, and nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Mr. Spiegelman lives in New York City with his wife, Francoise Mouly, and their daughter, Nadja.

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brittany rich, December 15, 2009 (view all comments by brittany rich)
Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman is a great book. This book is an easy and fast read, but by no means are they simple. It gives you a great point of view with someone who actually went through this. The book shows you how this horrible event affects everyone’s life. Spiegelman wrote this book telling his fathers story, so you get an actual account of what happen in a Jews everyday life during this time. You should also read the second book Spiegelman wrote to Maus. So you can get the full story of his fathers life during and after the Holocaust.
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Julia Callahan, February 8, 2008 (view all comments by Julia Callahan)
Holy Crap this is amazing. It is the most literary of graphic novels and really uses the medium to its fullest capability. It's heartbreaking, it's tense, but mostly it's an amazing story about how someone's world can go into darkness without their consent.
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amolegare, May 29, 2007 (view all comments by amolegare)
Maus, A Survivor's Tale displays the life of the persecuted Jews in a way anybody can understand. The pictures provide all the details that are usually lacking in a graphic novel. I found the book touching and memorable.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394747231
Subtitle:
A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
Author:
Spiegelman, Art
Publisher:
Pantheon
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust survivors
Subject:
Children of Holocaust survivors
Subject:
Spiegelman, Art
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Children of Holocaust survivors -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland.
Subject:
Holocaust survivors -- United States.
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Maus
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
19860812
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.7 x 1 in 1.875 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Two powerful, definitive chronicles of modern atrocities — the perfect books for anyone who doubts comix have grown up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus is a staggering personal depiction of the Holocaust, rendered all the stronger by Spiegelman's refusal to lionize the victims (Spiegelman's parents are presented as complex individuals — warts and all — instead of saintly martyrs) and his determination to keep his metaphor (Jews as mice, Germans as cats) from slipping into allegory.

Safe Area Gorazde suggests we didn't learn much from the Holocaust except how to avert our gaze when genocide is being enacted practically under our noses. Sacco's account of the war in Sarajevo is human and heartbreaking. His vividly rendered images put us right there in Gorazde, with an immediacy neither film nor prose can replicate. Nothing can truly atone for the world's complacency in the midst of the Sarajevo massacre, but Sacco's remarkable graphic novel goes a long way toward helping us understand the brutalities that our newspapers glossed over. Recommended by Bolton

"Review" by , "Spiegelman's work [is] uniquely moving and...delightful....Spiegelman is no sentimentalist. The mouse-Jews betray each other to the cat-Nazis, and his father, a difficult man, is hardly idealized....But it's not just this unblinking realism that makes Maus so disconcerting: it's the choice of so stylized a medium....The very artificiality of its surface makes it possible to imagine the reality beneath."
"Review" by , "[S]oon one is marveling at the amount of fear, hope, love and pathos that can emerge from a sketch of a mouse's head scarcely a half-inch high....[Spiegelman] promises us a sequel and I, for one, can't wait. I hope he is scurrying. The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust."
"Review" by , "Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep. When two of the mice speak of love, you are moved, when they suffer, you weep. Slowly through this little tale comprised of suffering, humor and life's daily trials, you are captivated by the language of an old Eastern European family, and drawn into the gentle and mesmerizing rhythm, and when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world."
"Review" by , "All too infrequently, a book comes along that's as daring as it is acclaimed Art Spiegelman Maus is just such book."
"Review" by , "The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust."
"Review" by , "Making a Holocaust comic book with Jews as mice and Germans as cats would probably strike most people as flippant, if not appalling. [This book] is the opposite of flippant and appalling. To express yourself as an artist, you must find a form that leaves you in control but doesn't leave you by yourself. That's how Maus looks to me — a way Mr. Spiegelman found of making art."
"Review" by , "Spiegelman is not your usual comic book artist. Anyone who can produce a cartoon on the subject of his own mother's suicide is clearly bent on destroying all notions of what 'comics' should or should not be."
"Review" by , "This is a complex book. It relates events which young adults, as the future architects of society, must confront, and their interest is sure to be caught by the skillful graphics and suspenseful unfolding of the story."
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