A Survivor's Tale

Book - 1986
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The first installment of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel acclaimed as "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust" ( Wall Street Journal ) and "the first masterpiece in comic book history" ( The New Yorker ).

A brutally moving work of art--widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written-- Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author's father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats.

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, weaving the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history's most unspeakable tragedies. It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1986
ISBN: 9780394747231
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Spieg 3558
Characteristics: 159 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,23 cm


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DPLaprilteenservices May 09, 2018

An April 2018 New York Post article addressed the fact that Americans are beginning to forget the Holocaust, which makes this title a must-read, must-share. Spiegelman's seminal work is approachable, informative, and carries not just the survival narrative of Vladek Spiegelman but also delves into the intricacy of father/son relationships and the nature of art and creativity.

Jun 24, 2017

Spiegelman’s unusual metaphor of cats and mice approaches the Holocaust in a unique way that lends a fresh perspective to a period of history that is much covered. But Maus stands out just as much for its complex depiction of familial relationships, and the inter-generational consequences of such tragedies. The story of the story adds context and depth to Vladek’s recollections.

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Jun 08, 2017

The breakout book for an underground comic book artist & writer.

Aug 17, 2016

A really interesting approach to visually tell a survivors story. It has a huge impact on the reader.

Jun 21, 2016

Very powerful and moving tale.

Apr 30, 2016

A harrowing and tragic novel that feels very real and lived. A must-read for anyone interested in the graphic novel genre.

Dec 20, 2015

This is a book about humans, and showing their behavior. I liked that the author created a very human atmosphere and as he stated at the beginning, he wanted to show everyone "as human" with imperfections and with good things. So it was great because the father is just a very complicated human (greedy, ambitious, rich, biased, etc), and so was the son, who wrote this comic trying to make money and get fame, which he clearly obtained. However, both have had two different experiences in life, of course the father one was not pleasant and all, but his human traits and behavior remain constant as the son, who lived as a rich kid with a simple life who was very selfish and pretentious and he clearly did enjoy a better life, but he has the same goal as his father.

Nov 13, 2015

One of the best graphic novels I have ever read. I thought it was a brilliant idea to articulate such a depressing and overworked topic as the Holocaust and reveal it through animal characters, enabling the reader to enjoy the sadness and beauty of the novel without making them overwhelmingly morose. I also enjoyed the pattern of the plot as a recollection of the memories of the author's father, exploring the current relationship between the two in addition to the father's past. Finally, the personalities of the characters are thoroughly developed through simplistic yet beautiful illustrations and expressive speech patterns. Overall this novel struck a chord within me and I will never forget it. I highly recommend this book.

Sep 19, 2015

This novel effectively tells the story of the family of a nazi war camp survivor. Horrors are shown from the mater-of-fact perspective of someone who was there and lived the story. It floors me how such a piece of history can be so appropriately represented through a comic strip, for goodness sake. If you're a student of WWII, or really any history buff, read this book for the sheer benefit of opening your mind to an innovative medium.

Jul 01, 2015

The combination of sparse text and rich graphics works on my mind differently from reading a normal pure text book. I recommend this melding of art and literature, especially to people like myself who haave never read a graphic novel type book.

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Jun 24, 2017

Polish Jews Vladek and Anja Spiegelman survived the Holocaust and immigrated to America with their son, Art, who was born in Sweden after the war. But the atrocities of the war cast a long shadow over their family. Beginning in 1978, Art Spiegelman interviewed his father about his experiences during the war, and serialized them in comic form. He would ultimately spend thirteen years of his life capturing this history, grappling with the legacy of the Holocaust, and his complicated relationship with his father.

Apr 23, 2013

The settting of this story was rught around the Holocast times Spiegelman is the son who wanted to interview his father about his experiences in the concentration camps in Germany ,in addition to him losimng his mother who commited suidiv. I would not reccommend this story for our younger readers because it is a graphic comic strip and the subject matter may be too strong for younger childrem .


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Jun 24, 2017

At that time it wasn’t anymore families. It was everybody to take care for himself.

Apr 23, 2013

"Forced first in the gehttothen into hiding, Vladek and Anja tried to escape Hungry"


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