Maus 1: A Survivor’s Tale, by Art Spiegelman is a memoir in graphic novel form. It is his family’s story of surviving the Holocaust, an amazing book in two parts, and he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Award for it in 1992.
The story of his parents’ World War II experiences in Poland, their survival at Auschwitz, and the impact of their experiences on his own life, is beautifully told through ongoing conversations with his father. In comic book form with black and white artwork, the stories are told as flashbacks. The Jews are portrayed as mice, and the Germans as cats, and his father’s words, in word bubbles, are quoted exactly from extensive recordings.
I’ve only read a handful of graphic novels, but am fascinated by the art and the storytelling. This book is at the top of the genre, and beautifully done. It was such a moving story, I literally couldn’t put it down, and am now waiting for notice from the library that Volume II is in so I can finish the story.
I heard about this book from Nymeth, who wrote an excellent must-read review of it, and from numerous other book bloggers, so I was anxious to see what it was like. Well … it’s incredible!