Maus : A Survivor's Tale. I. My Father Bleeds History. II. And Here My Troubles Began
- Publish Date: 1993-10-19
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Art Spiegelman
A boxed edition of the two paperback volumedÂ of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.
Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitlerâs Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his fatherâs 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 and succeeds in âdrawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaustâ (The New York Times).
Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladekâs harrowing story of survival is woven into the authorâs 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 centuryâs 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.