The first installment of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel acclaimed as "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust" ( Wall Street Journal ) and "the first masterpiece in comic book history" ( The New Yorker ). A brutally moving work of art-widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written- Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author's father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats. Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, weaving the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history's most unspeakable tragedies. It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma.
"Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep. When two of the mice speak of love, you are moved, when they suffer, you weep. Slowly through this little tale comprised of suffering, humor and life's daily trials, you are captivated by the language of an old Eastern European family, and drawn into the gentle and mesmerizing rhythm, and when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world."--Umberto Eco
Art Spiegelman, geboren 1948 in Stockholm als Kind von Shoa-Überlebenden, wuchs in den USA auf. Schön früh begann er Underground-Comics zu zeichnen, seit 1980 gibt er zusammen mit seiner Frau, Francoise Mouly, das avantgardistische Comic-Magazin 'Raw' heraus und lehrt an der New York School of Visual Arts. Art Spiegelman lebt in New York mit seiner Frau und seinen zwei Kindern. 2012 wurde er mit dem "Siegfried Unseld Preis" ausgezeichnet.