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The Pulitzer Prize-winning artist and illustrator brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves with Holocaust narrative MausArt Spiegelman’s masterful graphic novel, first serialised in 1980, portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and their controversial content.

Hear Spiegelman discuss his life’s work, the rise of comics into the mainstream and the important role they play in understanding our unprecedented political landscape.

Having risen from the subcultures of geekdom, comics and graphic novels now range from blockbuster family favourites to innovative, independent stories to satisfy any tastes.  Superheroes offering role models for young people, gripping autobiography, and memoir: the graphic novel offers an accessible form for writers to communicate with: one that can transcend language.

Art Spiegelman has been drawing professionally since he was 15. His work has appeared in publications worldwide, including the London Review of Books and the New Yorker.  His work was selected for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Masters of American Comics exhibition.

Spiegelman has won awards including the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival and accolades including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Copies of a new slipcase edition of Maus are available for £15 (RRP £20) when you buy a ticket to the talk.

  • The Complete MAUS

  • The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman - the Pulitzer prize-winning Holocaust survivor story

    'The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust'
    Wall Street Journal

    'The first masterpiece in comic book history' The New Yorker

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father's story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in 'drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust' (The New York Times).

    Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek's harrowing story of survival is woven into the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century's grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.

    This combined, definitive edition includes Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II.

    Art Spiegelman is a contributing editor and artist for the New Yorker. His drawings and prints have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, and a Guggenheim fellowship. It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Award. His other books include: Breakdowns: From Maus to Now, an Anthology of Strips; The Wild Party; Open Me, I'm A Dog; Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched to Their Limits; In the Shadow of No Towers; Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!; Be a Nose; Jack and the Box and MetaMaus. He lives in New York.

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