Maus: A Survivor’s Tale

Maus vol 1 Polish coverMaus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman is 2-volume length comic on Holocaust which won Pulitzer Award in 1992. The main character, the survivor, is the author’s father, Polish Jew Władek Szpigleman. Both volumes tell the story from the past (from before the Second World War to surviving Auschwitz) and from the present when Art Spigelman asks father about the past.

The original version was made in English. It was translated to around 30 versions including: Polish, German, French, Hebrew and Japanese.

All the characters in the story are drawn as animals, which helps to keep distance when reading the story. The distance is needed, as the story is full of injustice, suffering, but also… hope. The mix of past and present, son trying to understand and cope with his father is what gives makes it even better. Both parts of the story are powerful and the Pulitzer award is fully deserved.

I recommend it to read by fans of comic, by fans or darker stories, by fans of stories based on real events, by those who want to know more about Holocaust and everybody else.

My opinion: 10/10.

Have you read the comic? What do you think about it?

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