Posted by Alyssa Berlin
There are very few books that I have read more than once. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale is one of the few that I have wanted to pick up again and again. Every time I’ve gone back to it, either to reference for school or as a personal refresher, I’ve found myself sitting for hours on end rereading the entire book from beginning to end.
This summer marks the 25th anniversary of Maus, which, for those who don’t know, is a graphic novel that revolutionized the way people thought and read about the Holocaust. It has graced our bookshelves for a quarter of a century, and has impacted many of our lives.
In October, Art Spiegelman will publish MetaMaus, which will take readers on a journey inside the modern classic. MetaMaus describes Spiegelman’s thought process behind Maus, his failures and successes, and gets to the bottom of why exactly he chose to publish his father’s story as a graphic novel. Each page is more beautiful than the next , with pictures of his original sketches, family photos and mementos from the whole process. Included with the book is a hyper linked DVD of Maus with an in-depth archive of audio interviews with his father, photos, notebooks, drawings, essays and more which add even more to the richness of this book.
The book comes out on October 4th, so if you have a chance pick it up, I promise that you’ll find yourself as engrossed in it as your were in Maus.