Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman s Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father s terrifying story, and History itself Its form, the cartoon the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice , succeeds perfectly in shocking us out of any lingering sense of familiararity with the events described, approaching, as it does, the unspeakable through the diminutiveThis second volume, subtitled And Here My Troubles Began, moves us from the barracks of Auschwitz to the bungalows of the Catskills Genuinely tragic and comic by turns, it attains a complexity of theme and a precision of thought new to comics and rare in any medium Maus ties together two powerful stories Vladek s harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father At every level this is the ultimate survivor s tale and that too of the children who somehow survive even the survivors


About the Author: Art Spiegelman

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.



10 thoughts on “Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

  1. Carol (Bookaria) Carol (Bookaria) says:

    This second volume continues the powerful story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust.I haven t been able to stop thinking about the author and his dad s story It is horrific but at the same time it carries a message of hope and survival In this volume we find Vladek in Auschwitz and his experiences there are described in detail, however, amidst the atrocities the author is able to interject some humour here and there The author also explores deeper his relationship with hi This second volume continues the powerful story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust.I haven t been able to stop thinking about the author and his dad s story It is horrific but at the same time it carries a message of hope and survival In this volume we find Vladek in Auschwitz and his experiences there are described in detail, however, amidst the atrocities the author is able to interject some humour here and there The author also explores deeper his relationship with his aging father.This novel is absolutely extraordinary, insightful and heartbreaking, I will never forget it and highly recommend it to all


  2. Nat Nat says:

    Since I d read Maus I about a year ago and Nadja Spiegelman s enticing memoir in the summertime, I was beyond ecstatic to find this second volume on the shelves of my local library.And since it s been quite a while, I was grateful that this volume had a quick recap at the start of what occurred before Art Spiegelman, a cartoonist born after WW II, is working on a book about what happened to his parents as Jews in wartime Poland He has made a series of visits to his childhood home in Rego Pa Since I d read Maus I about a year ago and Nadja Spiegelman s enticing memoir in the summertime, I was beyond ecstatic to find this second volume on the shelves of my local library.And since it s been quite a while, I was grateful that this volume had a quick recap at the start of what occurred before Art Spiegelman, a cartoonist born after WW II, is working on a book about what happened to his parents as Jews in wartime Poland He has made a series of visits to his childhood home in Rego Park, N.Y., to record his father s memories Art s mother, Anja, committed suicide in 1968 Art becomes furious when he learns that his gather, Vladek, has burned Anja s wartime memoirs Vladek is remarried to Mala, another survivor She complains often of his stinginess and lack of concern for her Vladek, a diabetic who has suffered two heart attacks, is in poor health.In Poland, Vladek had been a small time textile salesman In 1937 he married Anja Zylberberg, the youngest daughter of a wealthy Sosnowiec hosiery family They had a son, Richieu, who died during the war.Forced first into ghettos, then into hiding, Vladek and Anja tried to escape to Hungary with their prewar acquaintances, the Mandelbaums, whose nephew, Abraham, had attested in a letter that the escape rout was safe They were caught and, in March, 1944, they were brought to the gates of Auschwitz.Once again this graphic novel left me at a loss for words, so I think it s for the best if I ll just share those scenes that evoked certain strong emotions in me It was fascinating getting to see Fran oise depicted through the eyes of her husband, instead of her daughter s as in I m Supposed to Protect You from All This But that s also what bothered me in here I didn t like the way she was portrayed I kept feeling like Fran oise was inserting herself in the wrong conversation Like, this wasn t a conversation for her to participate in I mean, that comment didn t sit well with me at all And this just really So I wasthan willing to let the focus shift from the present day Until I realized just how utterly heart wrecking Vladek s past is The scenes at the camp were one of the most hard hitting It s sad, but the above three images gave me a glimmer of hope in this world full of cruel and inhuman suffering that is to say before I d read the last panel, but still.This graphic novel also educated me a lot, which I wasn t expecting I thought I d heard it all or at least most of what there was to know about Auschwitz, but my history lessons weren t even close The horrors Vladek and Anja and many others had to go through were jarring The amount of suffering My heart aches My mouth is still wide open at that THREE OR FOUR WEEKS All in all I came in unprepared with Maus II The amount of suffering and anguish and heartbreak left me emotionally spent I ll no doubt end up thinking about them for a while to come And it goes without saying that this remains one of the most poignant and harrowing graphic novels I ve read to date.4.5 5 starsNote I m anAffiliate If you re interested in buyingMaus II, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionSupport creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko fi.com bookspoils


  3. Maxwell Maxwell says:

    Fantastic conclusion I think I enjoyed this one eventhan the first The two stories of Vladek in the past and Vladek in the present really explore interesting topics of generational gaps as well as national differences Art s American sensibility versus his father s stinginess a result of his wartime survival is extremely understandable and well explored in this volume It s a harrowing story but so uniquely told and such a wonderful insight into one man s Holocaust survival, I would hi Fantastic conclusion I think I enjoyed this one eventhan the first The two stories of Vladek in the past and Vladek in the present really explore interesting topics of generational gaps as well as national differences Art s American sensibility versus his father s stinginess a result of his wartime survival is extremely understandable and well explored in this volume It s a harrowing story but so uniquely told and such a wonderful insight into one man s Holocaust survival, I would highly recommend it 4.5 stars


  4. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    This was evendevastating than Maus I.Vladek Spiegelman s story is continued here In Maus I, we left Vladek and his wife Anja at the gates of Auschwitz In this volume, we are treated to an insider s view of daily life at a Nazi concentration camp.As with Maus I, the fact that it is written in comic book format does nothing to soften the impact if anything, it heightens it In the camp, the inmates are subjected to a slow, drawn out death sentence as the guards play with them like wel This was evendevastating than Maus I.Vladek Spiegelman s story is continued here In Maus I, we left Vladek and his wife Anja at the gates of Auschwitz In this volume, we are treated to an insider s view of daily life at a Nazi concentration camp.As with Maus I, the fact that it is written in comic book format does nothing to soften the impact if anything, it heightens it In the camp, the inmates are subjected to a slow, drawn out death sentence as the guards play with them like well, cats with mice There is no humanity here, it s every man for himself, and the toughest shall only survive And Vladek happens to be one smart, tough mouse.The troubled relationship between Art and Vladek is analysed in detail and we get a glimpse of how Vladek changed into the self centred, obsessive compulsive miser that he has become Did he survive because these traits were inbuilt, or did the camp life make him what he is Tantalising question.For me, the most impressive part of the book was the second one, where Art tries to come to terms with his father s death as well as the ethics of making a book out of his life Here, all the characters are shown as wearing animal masks, rather than as animals themselves they have becomehumanised and homogeneous, but the masks of race and nationality are not fully discarded.As Art is interviewed by journalists from various countries, the panels depict, at the bottom, heaps of dead mice piled one on top of the other, their faces twisted in agony this is superb use of the medium, not possible in a conventional narrative Art regresses to a child, crying out for his dead mother, as the paparazzi bully him a sequence both terrifying and comic.A terrific read.BTW, a bigger review is up on my blog


  5. Elizabeth Sagan Elizabeth Sagan says:

    Such a powerful book


  6. Eric Eric says:

    When I was a boy living in Germany, my parents and I visited Dachau concentration camp.It was horrible We saw the ovens, the gas chambers, the graveyards The visit drove home to me the magnitude of the horror that had been perpetrated there, and the madness of the people who had orchestrated it Maus II is mostly concerned with Vladek s time in Auschwitz It reminded me of all things I had seen when I was a boy, but it also added a new perspective This graphic novel really drove home to me wha When I was a boy living in Germany, my parents and I visited Dachau concentration camp.It was horrible We saw the ovens, the gas chambers, the graveyards The visit drove home to me the magnitude of the horror that had been perpetrated there, and the madness of the people who had orchestrated it Maus II is mostly concerned with Vladek s time in Auschwitz It reminded me of all things I had seen when I was a boy, but it also added a new perspective This graphic novel really drove home to me what the inmates of the camps had to do to survive I think that one of the biggest crimes committed by the Nazis was the way they caused their prisoners to turn their backs on one another, just to survive That stripping of humanity gets lost sometimes beside the greater horror of the scale of death and destruction they left in their wake Maus II also dealsintimately with Art s relationship with his father We get a greater insight into the causes of the tension between them We also get to seeof how his father s life and damage affected Art through his adult life, even beyond his father s death


  7. Arnie Arnie says:

    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.


  8. Dennis Dennis says:

    And thus the tale is complete.In this second volume the meta level is evenprominent as Spiegelman s struggle with putting his father s tale to paper becomes an important part of the narrative.It s called A Survivor s Tale though And Vladek Spiegelman s story is still the focal point.The narrative moves forward to his time in Auschwitz And no matter how often I read or see something about Auschwitz it never ceases to deeply affect me It s hard to understand what despicable things human b And thus the tale is complete.In this second volume the meta level is evenprominent as Spiegelman s struggle with putting his father s tale to paper becomes an important part of the narrative.It s called A Survivor s Tale though And Vladek Spiegelman s story is still the focal point.The narrative moves forward to his time in Auschwitz And no matter how often I read or see something about Auschwitz it never ceases to deeply affect me It s hard to understand what despicable things human beings are capable of But sadly it is also very real and should never be forgotten.Ultimately this book is not only about surviving the Holocaust, but also about coming to terms with life afterwards The struggle of Vladek Spiegelman and also that of his son, the author of this book, is very palpable.A deeply moving tale And winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 Well deserved


  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    It s always nice when you completely understand why something has achieved its status A book of humor, horror, and above all, complexity Spiegelman tells his father s story as faithfully as he can, while remaining aware that he can t tell that story faithfully at all it ll always be clouded by the way he views his father I ve read plenty of books about the Holocaust academic volumes, memoir, fiction but this is the best at capturing just how random survival was, and how survivor both It s always nice when you completely understand why something has achieved its status A book of humor, horror, and above all, complexity Spiegelman tells his father s story as faithfully as he can, while remaining aware that he can t tell that story faithfully at all it ll always be clouded by the way he views his father I ve read plenty of books about the Holocaust academic volumes, memoir, fiction but this is the best at capturing just how random survival was, and how survivor both is and isn t the defining trait of the flawed, irritating, endearing humans who survived the Nazi extermination


  10. Jess Jess says:

    I think the rating I gave this novel was too low I wish I could give this book as many stars as possible This book, and the book that came before it are so important They let us know about the struggles that the author s own father faced during the Holocaust We even got to how the father acted when Spiegelman asked his father questions to get information This story is such a different way of compiling the hardships of the author s father that it made it so muchcompelling I would reco I think the rating I gave this novel was too low I wish I could give this book as many stars as possible This book, and the book that came before it are so important They let us know about the struggles that the author s own father faced during the Holocaust We even got to how the father acted when Spiegelman asked his father questions to get information This story is such a different way of compiling the hardships of the author s father that it made it so muchcompelling I would recommend this graphic novel to everyone and everyone


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