A Survivor's Tale

Hardcover, 296 pages

English language

Published Dec. 15, 1996 by Pantheon.


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5 stars (1 review)

In a world where Jews are mice, Germans are Cats and the Polish are pigs, a son documents his parents' experience during the Holocaust and his relationship with his father.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist, coming to terms with his father's story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive.

Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust” (The New York Times).

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek's harrowing story of survival is woven into the author's account of his tortured relationship with his ageing father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits.

“This astonishing …

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Review of 'The Complete Maus' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

I wanted to read a Graphic Novel and my partner told me about this one. It’s really good! But it’s sad. I caught myself in tears in many moments while I was reading. It’s not an easy topic (Nazism and the story of a Polish Jew who survived Auschwitz concentration camp). Extremely touching. We cant’ forget this horror as to not repeat it again, ever. 


  • Graphic novels
  • Personal Memoirs
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Fine Arts
  • Poland
  • United States
  • Graphic Satire And Humor
  • Jewish Holocaust
  • Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Biography / Autobiography
  • Holocaust
  • Biography/Autobiography
  • Literature: Classics
  • Spiegelman, Vladek
  • Historical - Holocaust
  • Graphic Novels - General
  • Fiction / Graphic Novels
  • Spiegelman, Art
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Literary
  • Biography
  • Children of Holocaust survivors
  • Comic books, strips, etc