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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 first and only graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize, MAUS is a brutally moving work of art about a Holocaust survivor -- and the son who survives him

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

    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. Approaching the unspeakable through the diminutive (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), 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, studying the bloody pawprints of history and tracking its meaning for those who come next.


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

    'A brutally moving work of art' Boston Globe

    'No summary can do justice to Spiegelman's narrative skill' Adam Gopnik

    'Like all great stories, it tells us more about ourselves than we could ever suspect' Philip Pullman

    'A capital-G Genius' Michael Chabon

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