Today I would like to talk to you about one of the most compelling graphic novel that was ever written (and drawn, obviously!): Maus, by Art Spiegelman. This graphic novel has been widely acclaimed and considered as a masterpiece since its first volume was released in 1986 (The Complete Maus, combining the two volumes, was published in 1996 in the United States). Therefore, there are big chances that you have already read this graphic novel, especially if you are a bit into graphic novels. But if you haven’t read it yet, I really really hope that this article will convince you to do so.
Maus, it is two stories in one graphic novel: first, it is the story of Artie, an artist who draws graphic novels and who is working on a new graphic novel telling the story of his father, Vladek Spiegelman. This story is set in New York in the 1980s. It is also (and above all) the story that Artie is working on, the story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife during World War II. This graphic novel is autobiographical.