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Maus II, A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, by Art Spiegelman

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Spiegelman, Art. Maus II, A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began. New York, NY: Pantheon, 1991.

Annotation: In the continuation of the Maus story, we follow Vladek through the concentration camps, his separation from his wife, his survival that seems almost based on luck, and his eventual release and pilgrimage back home and to America.

Booktalk:

In this continuation of Vladek’s story, he and his wife are now taken to the concentration camps. We’re given a clear picture of the devastation they faced every day, and how narrowly they survived.

Partway through the book, the story breaks off. During the production of the book, Vladek died. Between his death, the many familial tragedies Art is in touch with, and the pressure applied by the press regarding the first part of Maus, Art retreats from the writing and from everything else for awhile. Once again, Maus is about more than WWII, it’s about how hard it is to be a family at any time.

Awards:

Eisner Award, 1992

Harvey Award, 1992

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, 1992

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