Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Paperback)

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A graphic novel about the holocaust. Told through anthropomorphic animals. Yes, you read that right.
Cartoonist Art Spiegelman, the author of Maus, revisits the time his grandfather spent in the concentration camps, and along the way comes to terms with both personal and political history. For any naysayers still out there, this is absolutely stunning proof that comics can tell real, moving stories in ways a novel can't.

— From Postmodern Sampler Platter


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.

About the Author

Art Spiegelman has been a staff artist and contributing editor at The New Yorker, as well as the cofounder/coeditor of RAW, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. In addition to Maus--which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award--he is the author ofBreakdowns and In the Shadow of No Towers. He lives in New York City with his wife, Francoise Mouly . . . and a cat.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780394747231
ISBN-10: 0394747232
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: August 12th, 1986
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Maus