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Maus, A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History, by Art Spiegelman

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Spiegelman, Art. Maus, A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History. New York, NY: Pantheon, 1986. Print.

Annotations: The author’s father tells the first part of his memories surrounding WWII. He seems to live a charmed life, but as a Jew in Poland at the beginning of the war, he soon finds himself on the run, trying to protect himself and his family however he can.

Maus isn’t just the story of a man who survived the Holocaust. It’s also the story of the author and his painful relationship with his father. Mixing time streams, we see Art visit with his father, Vladek, and during these visits Vladek narrates his story.

While Vladek describes his life before the war, and the slow crawl of the prejudice, hate, and danger everywhere he lives, we witness also his failed relationship with his second wife, and his inability to connect with his son.

The graphic novel medium allows us to connect to history in an entirely different way. Whether you’re a history buff, or someone who finds it a little hard to get into something that happened before you were born, Maus is the story for you.


Max & Moritz Special Prize, 1990

Pulitzer Prize, 1992


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