Yes, Maus won the Pulizter Prize. Yes, it’s been translated into countless languages and is hailed by critics and readers alike as the graphic novel. These are all well-deserved recognitions of a monumental work — but the real reason you should read Maus is the simple, unforgettable punch of one survivor’s story. Art Spiegelman captures in spare black and white his father’s story of surviving the Holocaust in Poland, as well as his own strained relationship with his parents and the weight of history. You may think you’ve heard it all before — the smoke stacks, the tattooed numbers, the ghettos. Think again — Spiegelman manages to take all the grim humor and the horror and make it fresh — a kick we all need every once in a while to appreciate both the strength and evil present in humanity.
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, vol. 1: My Father Bleeds History
By Art Spiegelman