MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus

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Visually and emotionally rich, MetaMaus is as groundbreaking as the masterpiece whose creation it reveals.

In the pages of MetaMaus, Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prize-winning Maus, the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics, and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago.

Does he probe the questions that Maus most often evokes—Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics?—and gives us a new and essential work about the creative process.

MetaMaus includes a bonus DVD-R that provides a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus linked to a deep archive of audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a wealth of Spiegelman’s private notebooks and sketches.

Compelling and intimate, MetaMaus is poised to become a classic in its own right.

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The book tackles the 3 questions Art Spiegelman was frequently asked and is wholly organized into sections to tackle them:

1) Why the Holocaust?
2) Why Mice?
3) Why Comics?

The first two sections talk about the writing (interviewing Vladek), researching the topic, getting the thing published and trying to simply deal and live with the aftermath (both the Holocaust and the Book's publication). And I must stress the amount of research must have been maddening. There is far more in these two sections that I am able to convey, the subject is that heavy. Here we also get the chance to read the rejection letters which were fascinating in their own right. Today it is weird to imagine all the hurdles to the books publication and the skepticism during it's initial reception.

In Why Mice section I learned that there was far more meaning and history to using mice …

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