MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus

MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus

by Art Spiegelman


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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.
He probes 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a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus linked to a deep archive of audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a wealth of Spiegelman’s private notebooks and sketches.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375423949
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 284,019
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Art Spiegelman has been a staff artist and contributing editor at The New Yorker, as well as the cofounder/coeditor of RAW, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. In addition to Maus—which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award—he is the author of Breakdowns and In the Shadow of No Towers. He lives in New York City with his wife, Françoise Mouly . . . and a cat.

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jasonli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"MetaMaus" is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel "Maus" was made, released 25 years after the original work's publication. The bulk of the book is a streaming interview between Hillary Chute, an English professor, and Art Spiegelman, author and illustrator of "Maus." Interspersed between the text are lots of draft sketches, near finished sketches, relevant photographs and the occasional diagram. The book also comes with a companion DVD with supplementary materials such as past interviews with Spiegelman, archives of the research and the original "Maus" itself.Chute and Spiegelman do a fantastic job of talking about how "Maus" came to be. The choice of text and images never bores, and Spiegelman talks very lucidly about the artistic choices he made in his work and about its impact on his life.
salimbol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absolutely fascinating look "behind the scenes" of the groundbreaking 'Maus' graphic novels, probing the tensions between personal and collective memory (not to mention pop culture and "high" literature), and examining the construction and reconstruction of memories, the conscious crafting of narratives, and graphic storytelling techniques. It deploys a really well-chosen selection of source materials (photos, rough drafts, photographs, oral history transcripts, etc) to do this, and more are included on the accompanying DVD-ROM (what a pleasure it was to actually hear Vladek speaking). Highly recommended (but probably impenetrable if you haven't read the 'Maus' graphic novels).