“Maus, a survivor’s tale” is an alternative comic created by Art Spiegelman whose argument is the pursuit of the Nazis to the Jews. The narrator, in that case, the comic book artist, tells us his father real story, Vlader Spiegelman, in a concentration camp in Auschwitz. The comic has two different parts: first, Vlader is telling Art his story, and then, there are flash-blacks to narrate the experience during the war. Some reviews say that it’s a masterpiece because of many reasons: the originality, the use of “flash-back”, the fact that it’s a comic and the fact that it’s a type of fable. Yes, it’s a fable, a fantastic fable! Art Spiegelman has drawn the characters as animals! The Jews are mice, the Nazis are cats, the Poles are pigs, the Frenchmen are frogs and the Americans are dogs. For all these reasons and more, “Maus” is considered one of the best comic of the history; it’s the only comic that has received a Pulitzer Award. A Pulitzer Award isn’t given to anyone, it’s considered as the higher distinction for the works published in the United States. “Maus” also received a grant from the “Guggenheim Foundation” and it caused an exhibition in the “Modern Art Museum” of New York.
This masterpiece combined history, drawing, literature and culture, and also a lot of powerful feeling like merit, strength and courage. Art Spiegelman has managed to move a lot of people with that fantastic work. Good job Art, very good job!
MARÍA CABEZAS GONZÁLEZ