A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus
NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD WINNER
Visually and emotionally rich, MetaMaus is as groundbreaking as the masterpiece whose creation it reveals.
In the pages of MetaMaus, Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prize-winning Maus, the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics, and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago.
He probes the questions that Maus most often evokes-Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics?-and gives us a new and essential work about the creative process.
MetaMaus includes a bonus DVD-R that provides a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus linked to a deep archive of audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a wealth of Spiegelman's private notebooks and sketches.
Compelling and intimate, MetaMaus is poised to become a classic in its own right.
"Richly rewarding...The book also serves as a master class on the making and reading of comics...The last frame encapsulates in one single moment the artfulness behind the tale we've just read, and the uneasy combination of filial pride and anger that flowed through Maus and flows through Metamaus as well." -The New York Times Book Review
"Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? Spiegelman answers intelligently, articulately, and with a high degree of psychological and aesthetic penetration." -Booklist, starred review
"As a floor plan for endless exploration, it is the Haus That "Maus" Built...Pick any page and gaze. The windows into these stories about the story are to be found at every turn, filling the space with insightful light." -Washington Post's Comic Riffs
"Art Spiegelman has done more than any other writer of the last few decades to change our understanding of the way stories about the Holocaust can be written...MetaMaus is a profound meditation on the meaning of sources and the uses we make of them." -The New Republic
"A fascinating meditation on art, writing, and one of the darkest periods in human history." -The Atlantic
"Striking...a treasure trove of material." -Shelf Awareness
"Fascinating and often provocative...the accompanying DVD will satisfy the insatiable appetite." -Kirkus
"Sure to breed excitement." -Library Journal
"Mr. Spiegelman's new book, MetaMaus, functions as a kind of artist's scrapbook, chapbook, photo album and storage trunk. Packed with more extras than a new 'Transformers' DVD, it's a look back at Maus and its complicated composition and reception...Mr. Spiegelman is a witty and testy raconteur, and Ms. Chute knows a good deal about comics and she pulls good things from him...Spiegelman is charismatic, and the photographs of him sprinkled throughout are pretty delightful." -New York Times
"Few books have made as much impact as Maus has. MetaMaus explores this impact, as well as providing some of the original notebook material on the graphic novels...[contains] the single most powerful graphic representation of the effects of the Holocaust...If you are serious about comics or the Holocaust, this book should be on your shelf." -San Francisco Book Review
"Spiegelman is well-spoken and insightful, and is one of those rare creators who can talk coherently about his own work and process...MetaMaus is thoroughly illustrated with excerpts from Spiegelman's sketchbook, from the original source materials he used when creating his book, and news clippings and other ephemera from the books' storied history...Gripping and smart." -Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
"Each page is more beautiful than the next...you'll find yourself as engrossed in it as you were in Maus." -Jewish Book Council Blog
"MetaMaus is an intriguing look into the guts of a massive artistic-historical project. With its visual, textual and historical components, the book untangles the tight narrative and visual knots into which the medium, the message and the process of 'Maus' are tied. With grist to millers of either 'Maus,' Spiegelman or both, it is a must-have item." -Forward
"Like a director's commentary track, the new MetaMaus provides a kind of behind-the-scenes 'Inside Maus' that rewards us with insights this reviewer, for one, was too blown away to perceive the first time around...It is nothing less than a treatise on the rhythm and grammar of comics storytelling. The visual vocabulary he utilizes turns out to be more ingenious than you (or I, at least) ever suspected." -Barnes and Noble review
"MetaMaus will leave even the most ardent admirers of Maus newly in awe of its author's creative courage, ingenuity and stamina." -San Francisco Chronicle
"When I heard that Pantheon was putting out a commemorative book, I kept forgetting what it was called: was it MegaMaus or MetaMaus? The book, MetaMaus, published this month, is actually both: mega meta...If Maus has been a touchstone for you over
Art Spiegelman has been a staff artist and contributing editor at The New Yorker, as well as the cofounder/coeditor of RAW, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. In addition to Maus-which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award-he is the author of Breakdowns and In the Shadow of No Towers. He lives in New York City with his wife, Françoise Mouly . . . and a cat.