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4.55  ·  Rating details ·  120,175 ratings  ·  6,957 reviews
La storia di una famiglia ebraica tra gli anni della guerra e il presente, fra la Germania nazista e gli Stati Uniti. Un padre, scampato all'Olocausto, e un figlio che fa il cartoonist e cerca di trovare un ponte che lo leghi alla vicenda indicibile di suo padre. Una piccola struggente storia famigliare sullo sfondo della piú immane tragedia del Novecento. Raccontato nella ...more
Paperback, Stile Libero Extra, 291 pages
Published 2010 by Einaudi (first published January 1st 1986)
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Ville-markus Nevalainen I do believe that Maus is something that everyone should read - the way it explores the holocaust is so real. It being a graphic novel and having…moreI do believe that Maus is something that everyone should read - the way it explores the holocaust is so real. It being a graphic novel and having animal characters might push some people away at first, but these elements are what truly create the story.

However, would like to point out that your dates are wrong. Part one was published 1986, part two 1991. It won the Pulitzer in 1992 and the complete edition was published in 1997. (Though these details do not matter that much.)(less)
Priyansha yes it is.......the best graphical novel never made...!!!!!

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oh my god.


This burrowed it's way deep into my heart. This made me feel so much. This was an experience, not just a "read". This was real and I can't even explain how this affected me because it was the most emotional thing I've ever read. Not made-up emotion. This was REAL and it affected me.

Vladek. He reminded me of my Grandfather, a little. I loved my Grandfather and I loved Vladek. His story, as told to his son Art Spiegelman, was one of the most powerful stories I've ever experienced.

Wonderful example of the power of a graphic novel!

This is the “Complete” edition of “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” collecting both parts: “My Father Bleeds History” and “And Here My Troubles Began”.


But these damn bugs are eating me alive!

While it took long time of finally reading Maus,...

...I knew that it was a graphic novel referring about the Jew Holocaust, but using mice (Jews) and cats (Nazis) as the characters,...

...and even while I was sure that it will be a crude telling,
Raeleen Lemay
The art style was a bit distracting at times, but I really enjoyed this!
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It didn’t dawn on me until later that this brilliant piece of graphic artistry and fiction is actually a very clever allegory. On the face of it, we’re led to believe that it’s a story of the terrible suffering perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews in Poland and throughout Europe. But if you scratch beneath the surface, I think you’ll find that this particular holocaust story was made to symbolize something more pervasive and endemic. I speak of the horrific violence that persists to this ...more
Leonard Gaya
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The young Adolf Hitler applied twice for admission to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and each time was rejected. One may dream: had he been successful, he might have had a different fate, and, as a result, Europe’s history might have taken some other shape… Sixty years later, on another continent, the young Art Spiegelman applied to the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan and passed the exam. His parents, Vladek and Anja Spiegelman, were two Jews from Poland who survived through the ...more
Fabian {Councillor}
Until just a few weeks ago, the only reason for why I read graphic novels now and then was because of people's constant recommendations about the beauty and the value of those kinds of books. I will be honest; I am guilty of never believing those words. Most likely did I read graphic novels which didn't suit my personal tastes, but Art Spiegelman was capable of shattering my expectations and completely stunning me with the art of his writing and his illustrations.

But let's start at the
Maus was more than I expected. I knew it would be about World War II and the Holocaust with the charaters being anthropomorphic mice, cats, pigs, dogs, etc. What I didn't realize was it would expand even farther in to the specific lives of the Spiegelmans before, during, and after the war.

Throughout the book the artist/author is a featured character struggling with his curmudgeonly father while he tries to document the story of his father's time in 1930s and 40s Poland and Germany. His
Un bellissimo fumetto?
Uno splendido romanzo?
E perché non un ottimo film?
(In fondo le dimensioni delle vignette di Spiegelman fanno davvero venire in mente i fotogrammi di un film 35 mm).


I nazisti descrivevano gli ebrei come immondi parassiti, portatori di peste e corruzione, che invadono l’Europa (qualcuno adesso prova a usare la stessa immagine per chi arriva d’oltremare): Spiegelman disegna gli ebrei come topi, i nazisti come gatti, i polacchi come maiali.
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Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

This cover has been on my radar for a looooong time and it usually is on the most bought books in my country when I check the online bookstores. I am not a fan of history and so I avoided it for the longest time possible. A book I was reading did mention that it was a graphic novel about Jew people and what they went through and I became interested and found myself a copy!

I like what the author did, he is very smart, Jew people are
Eliza Rapsodia
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Eliza by: Nadie
Reseñar Maus supone una de las experiencias más gratificantes de mi vida porque es el segundo libro en 2015 al que le doy la nota máxima. Pues verán, desde hace muchos años siempre he sentido profunda fascinación por los temas históricos y sobre todo en torno a la segunda guerra mundial. Es un tema recurrente en mis lecturas y siempre me gusta aprender cosas nuevas sobre esta época terrible de la humanidad. Así que cuando conocí esta obra sabía que debía leerla en algún punto de mi vida y ...more
“The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human.”
- Adolf Hitler

This a graphic novel told from two timelines. In the narrative present, Art Spiegelman (author) is interviewing his father Vladek about his experiences as a Polish Jew and a Holocaust survivor. The narrative past depicts these very experiences from the mid 1930s to the end of the Holocaust in 1945. Spiegelman has utilised different species of animals to portray different nationalities and races - Jews as mice, Germans as
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Probably the most informative and intimate journal of the holocaust I have ever read.

Maus is really two parallel stories, not one. It jumps back and forth between the two stories, one set in the past (Poland), the other set in the present (NYC).

Story 1: 1940’s Poland: Vladek Spiegelman tells how he survived the holocaust as a Polish-Jew. From the invasion, to the spread of Naziam, to his time in Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp as a tin worker at the gas
Jon Nakapalau
One of the most influential literary works or out of comics.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M A R A V I L L O S O.
Me ha gustado muchísimo esta novela. Para empezar, nunca había leído una novela gráfica y tenía miedo de que no me gustara, pero al leer esta, me he dado cuenta de que me encantan. Ver ilustrado cada cosa que ocurre me ayuda a acercarme más a la historia.
La forma en la que está contada la historia de Vladek Spiegelman también me ha gustado mucho. Vemos como él le va contando la historia a su hijo y también vemos la relación que tiene con su hijo y la vida que siguió
Emer (A Little Haze)
I never knew that a graphic novel could be so moving, so haunting and so phenomenally powerful.

The complete Maus tells the tale of Hitler's Europe and the experiences of one Jewish man, the author/illustrator Art Spiegelman's father Vladek. It is a book that doesn't hold any punches and is jaw dropping in its exploration of humanity through both the atrocities and ethnic cleansing of that time and of how this moulds a man forever.

I don't have the words to fully express all I'm feeling right
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE COMPLETE MAUS is, to date, the hardest, most emotionally draining novel I have read in my adult life. It was a heart-wrenching, but really necessary read for me, and I’m proud of myself for deciding to read something so far outside my comfort zone (I tend to shy away from both history and memoir/true story novels).

The book is a story within a story. Art shows himself interviewing his father, Vladek, and his time spent with his father for part of this book, and the rest of the story is
I feel like anything I could say about this book is going to sound woefully inadequate, but I guess I'll give it a shot anyway. Maus had obviously been on my radar for ages as a critical piece of Holocaust literature as well as being the only graphic novel to ever win the Pulitzer Prize, so I was certainly expecting it to be good, but I don't think anything could have prepared me for how utterly harrowing of a read this ended up being. And again, yes, I did know that its subject matter was the ...more
Kat Kennedy
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Maria Soares
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Na minha primeira incursão no mundo das graphic novels optei por ler Maus, sendo que, como todos nós, estava familiarizada com diversos relatos sobre o Holocausto, e inúmeras histórias verídicas. No entanto, tenho a dizer que esta em especial me tocou profundamente e vai ser sem dúvida, uma que vou recordar por muito tempo.

A particularidade na obra de Spielgelman é a relação que cria entre o leitor e o pai, através dos seus olhos e a sua própria auto-culpabilização, por, sem ter experienciado
Miltos S.
Θέλετε να κάνετε το όνομά σας γνωστό στον κόσμο των κόμικς? Δημιουργήστε ένα ασπρόμαυρο graphic novel.
Θέλετε να προκαλέσετε εντύπωση στους κύκλους της λογοτεχνίας? Γράψτε για το ολοκαύτωμα.
Συνδυάστε, δε, τα δύο παραπάνω και το όνομά σας θα μνημονεύεται στους αιώνες της βιβλιοφιλικής ιστορίας.

Και μετά τα παραπάνω, που έπρεπε οπωσδήποτε να τα γράψω, να πω ότι το Maus είναι ένα εξαιρετικό ανάγνωσμα, που δίνει με τον καλύτερο τρόπο τη φρίκη εκείνης της περιόδου της ανθρώπινης ιστορίας.
Nickolas the Kid
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Πεντάστερο αριστούργημα!
Χωρίς πολλά λόγια, μια εικονοιστορία που αξίζει να διαβαστεί από όλους, έτσι ώστε να μην ξεχνάει κανείς μας τις θηριωδίες των Ναζί στον ΒΠΠ.
Δικαίως βραβεύτηκε, δικαίως αγαπήθηκε και δικαίως φιγουράρει στα graphic novels με τις πιο υψηλές βαθμολογίες.

To σχέδιο δεν είναι κάτι το ιδιαίτερο αλλά η όλη ιστορία και η δυναμική των χαρακτήρων πραγματικά με έκαναν να μην θέλω να σταματήσω να διαβάζω. Η εξουσία του ανθρώπου πάνω σε συνανθρώπους του μπορεί να εξαλείψει τελείως την

Art Spiegelman warns of 'dangerous' outcome as Russian shops ban Maus

This has been on my wishlist forever -looks like this is a good time to read it.
"My father pulled out 14 of his teeth to escape. If you missed 12 teeth they let you go."
- page 45, book I

"The guards, it was Jews with big sticks, they acted so, just like the Germans"
- page 106, book I

“To die, it’s easy…but you have to struggle for life!” The only graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize, this brings the Holocaust home in a fresh way. Like Animal Farm, it uses the conceit of various animal associations: the Jews are mice, Poles are pigs, Nazis are cats, and Americans are dogs. Spiegelman draws what, from a distance of decades, his Polish father Vladek narrates about his almost unbelievable series of escapes, including time in Auschwitz. It’s often the minor stories that really ...more
Maksym Karpovets
Абсолютно приголомшлива річ. Історія Владека Шпіґельмана, батька автора цього графічного роману, про його перебування в Аушвіці врізається настільки глибоко, що довго не відпускає опісля. Це історія виживання, яка посилюється ще й тим, що люди тут в образі звірі: євреї - це миші, а німці - коти. Наглядна метафора, але Арт закладає ще й глибший, культурний підтекст, адже нацисти справді асоціювали євреїв із мишами, тому й Мікі Маус був утіленням єврейсько-американського домінування. Зрозуміло, що ...more
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
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Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where should I commence to appraise this book? Must I begin from the detail that MAUS is a gratifying story of Vladek and Art OR that it is a sheer enlightenment through simplicity?

Art Spiegelman in this astounding graphic novel reveals a fractured father-son relationship whilst focusing on the perils of the Holocaust. The story is set in Rego Park, NY where Art Spiegelman, a cartoonist tries to verbalize and grasp with his father and the Holocaust.

Written over a period of thirteen years, MAUS
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was our second book in the local library's discussion of Jewish graphic novels. It is, of course, the most famous and most celebrated exemplar of the genre (if you don't count the superhero stuff). What is amazing about the book is the emotional resonance Spiegelman manages to pack into his panels. In telling the story of his father's experience in the Holocaust, the author refuses to sentimentalize or pander. The most striking innovation is the use of mice for Jews, an appropriation of the ...more
Conejo Literario
Terminé bañada en lágrimas. No solo va derecho a los favoritos del año, sino a los favoritos de la vida. 10/10.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Antonio by: Nadie
Reto 12 libros - 12 meses del grupo Sangre de tinta
Noviembre: Una Novela gráfica

No deja de sorprenderme como las historias que muestran las mas grandes crueldades, son a veces las mas realistas, las mas humanas.

La historia quizás les sea familiar, Judíos, Segunda guerra mundial, Alemanes, campos de concentración, Polacos, y Estadounidenses; Maus nos relata la historia biográfica de de Vladek Spiegelman, con el giro de ser contada a través de los dibujos de su hijo Art en el formato del
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μερικές (πολύ) σκόρπιες σκέψεις σε σχέση με το αριστουργηματικό Maus του Art Spiegelman και την αιμάσσουσα ιστορία των γονιών του Vladek και Anja Spiegelman, επιζώντων του Ολοκαυτώματος:

Φύσηξε μακρυά την καρβουνόσκονη,
όση είχε απομείνει στα δάχτυλα,
κι αυτή, παραδομένη στις ριπές του ανέμου,
κάθισε στις ισχνές φιγούρες των σχεδίων του.
Αν δεν γίνεις το ουρλιαχτό τους,
η στερνή τους ανάσα,
δεν θα μπορέσεις να μιλήσεις για το Ολοκαύτωμα.
Σχεδίασε τις ζωές τους
κι ήταν σαν να αφουγκράστηκε
τους απόλυτους
This is not an easy graphic novel to read. The illustrations are beautiful, but the simple black and white style reminds the reader that the subject matter is one of the darkest periods of modern history. This very personal glimpse into the horrors of the Holocaust touch on many complex emotions: loyalty, fear, survivor’s guilt, anger…

Art Spiegelman’s father Vladek is a Holocaust survivor, who grew up and lived in Poland, was drafted into the Polish army, lived in a P.O.W. camp, the Jewish
If this book hadn’t been a selection for my book club in January, I would never have picked it up. Not because I’m a snob about graphic novels—I think they are legitimate form of literature and very enjoyable to boot. But I might have avoided Maus because of the subject matter—I haven’t read very much about the holocaust and that is by choice. I guess I’m a chicken, but I hate exploring just how terribly we can treat one another. I haven’t yet read Romeo Dallaire’s book about the Rwandan ...more
Books I read rarely affect my emotions when I'm not reading it. A book can pull me every which way, make me feel horrified or saddened or joyful, but when I put it down, I'm in the same mood I was before I started reading it. Only occasionally can a book get under my skin, and Maus is one of them. I was actually happy to finish it, because I didn't like the way it was making me feel: anxious, upset, unhappy. And I've read Holocaust stuff before. It's not new. Something about the way Spiegelman ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Samuel Beckett disse uma vez: «Cada palavra é como uma mancha desnecessária no silêncio e no nada».
Mas, por outro lado, ele teve de o DIZER."
"quantos livros já foram escritos sobre o Holocausto. Para quê? As pessoas não mudaram... Talvez precisem de um Holocausto novo e maior."
"muitas empresas que prosperaram durante o regime nazi são hoje mais ricas do que nunca. Não sei... Talvez TODA A GENTE tenha de se sentir culpada. TODA A GENTE! PARA SEMPRE!"

Em 2014 tentei ler Maus e desisti;
Mia Nauca
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encantó, la mejor novela gráfica que he leído en mi vida. Cruda y sentimental a la vez.
Eirini Proikaki
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Δεν είχα σκοπό να γράψω review για το Maus αλλά όταν ένα κόμικ σε επηρεάζει τόσο που βλέπεις εικόνες του και στον ύπνο σου νομίζω οτι πρέπει να πεις δυο λόγια ακομα κι αν σου φαίνονται φτωχά.
Δεν ήξερα τι να γράψω.Οτι είναι συγκλονιστικό,σπαρακτικό,συγκινητικό,ανατριχιαστικό και όλα αυτά που συνήθως λέμε όταν διαβάζουμε ιστορίες για το Ολοκαύτωμα;
Ο Art Spiegelman γράφει και σχεδιάζει την ιστορία επιβίωσης των γονιών του απο το Άουσβιτς όπως του τη διηγήθηκε ο πατέρας του και ταυτόχρονα μας μιλάει
I guess I'm supposed to feel guilty for NOT liking this one.
Well, I don't. I did NOT like it and I'm not going to give it a higher rating just because it's about the Holocaust and it would be fashionable and politically correct to do so. That's not a good reason for me to overlook its flaws.

"Maus" (mouse) is a graphic novel based on the memories of the author's father, a Polish Jew who managed to survive throughout the Holocaust. The old man recalls his pre-war wealthy life, the Nazi rise to
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When I was a kid I read comic books (mostly Superman). The Maus books are the only graphic novels I've read and I consider them masterpieces (Mausterpieces?). Like Spiegelman's alter ego, I was a middle class child growing up in Queens (NYC), the son of Holocaust survivors and couldn't communicate with my father when I was growing up. He got it down perfectly. It was spot on and ranks among the best of Holocaust related literature.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Una maravilla de cómic que refleja la vida y las experiencias de un judío polaco en el holocausto nazi. Lo mejor sin duda son los flashbacks y la crudeza de la historia. Art hizo un gran trabajo visibilizando y dándo alma a un acontecimiento histórico que aún hoy en día levanta ampollas.
Reread for NTLTRC.

This is a very powerful story of the Holocaust. I love how the author used anthropomorphism to portray the different groups of people: Polish-Pigs, French-Frogs, Jews-Mice, Nazis-Cats, Americans-Dogs etc..

I would like to say I enjoyed it but I didn’t. This isn’t something to be enjoyed but revered. No one enjoys reading about thousands of men and women being thrown into pits/furnaces and then burned alive. Then read that they used the fat that melted off the bodies to make
Жила-була і переклала. Я думаю, це одне з найбільших моїх досягнень у царині жила-була-і-переклала. Відчуваю багато емоцій. Спасибі добрим людям із видавництва Видавництво за таку можливість. (Вийде десь восени).

“Маус. Сповідь уцілілого” Арта Шпіґельмана (1980-1991) – автобіографічний комікс, який свого часу отримав Пулітцерівську премію у спеціально для нього створеній номінації (уже з факту створення під нього номінації ясно, наскільки він був резонансний).
Головний герой, коміксист, навіть у
This was an amazing read.

This was so good. I've known about it for a long time but somehow never sought it out. Maybe it was a bias against graphic novels? Not sure. I'm so glad I finally read it. This is a picture of human strength and frailty, humane and savage behavior, done in a novel way that seems to make it even more immediate and real.
Alexis Ayala
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historias como estas, que solo buscan contar algo que sucedió y terminan marcando y gustando demasiado.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No se como reseñar este libro, siempre es mas fácil escribir sobre libros malos que sobre obras tan espectaculares como ésta. Es crudo, escalofriante, aterrador, adictivo y, sin embargo, por momentos nos permite relajar con un poco de humor después de tanto machaque cerebral. Nunca leo novelas gráficas, hasta ahora lo único que leí aparte de Maus fue El Eternauta que me pareció otra maravilla, quizás tuve suerte.
Todo lo que eligió Spiegelman para escribirlo estuvo bien. El formato cómic, los
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Art Spiegelman (born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev) is New-York-based comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus.

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Maus (2 books)
  • Maus: Un survivant raconte, tome 1: Mon père saigne l'histoire (Maus #1)
  • Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus, #2)
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