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Maus (graphic novel)

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Maus: A Survivor's Tale is a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman that recounts his father's struggle to survive the Holocaust as a Polish Jew. The book also follows the author's troubled relationship with his father and the way the effects of war reverberate through generations of a family. In 1992 it won a Pulitzer Prize Special Award, as the Pulitzer committee could not decide whether to categorize it as fiction or biography.

Spiegelman portrays different ethnic groups as different species of animals: Jews are depicted as mice (Template:Ll: Maus), Germans as cats, French as frogs, Poles as pigs, Americans as dogs, Swedes as reindeer, and Gypsies as moths. The use of anthropomorphism, a familiar device from children's cartoons and comic strips, was an ironic nod to Nazi propaganda images that depicted Jews as rats and Poles as pigs. Publication in Poland was delayed because of this artistic device.[1] (http://www.forum-znak.org.pl/index-en.php?t=przeglad&id=1020)

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Plot

The book alternates the stories told by his father Vladek Spiegelman, about life in the ghetto and Auschwitz, with the contemporary life of Art, Vladek and their surroundings. As in Don Quixote, the second part also deals with the impact of the publication of the first part. Through the book, Spiegelman shows how his father in spite of his experience still shows racial prejudice against black people, or how he is extremely stingy and makes life very difficult for those around, such as his second wife Mala (after the suicide of Art's mother Anja), also a KZ survivor.

Publication

Most of the book was serialized in the Spiegelman-edited RAW magazine. It was then published in two parts (volume one, "My Father Bleeds History" and volume two, "And Here My Troubles Began") before eventually being integrated into a single volume. A CD-ROM edition also exists, although it is no longer in print.

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External link

es:Maus fr:Maus it:Maus ja:マウス_(漫画) no:Maus pl:Maus

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