November 5, 2007

Of Mice and Men

"Maus compels us to bear witness in a different way: the very artificiality of its surface makes it possible to imagine the reality beneath." Newsweek, Review of Art Spiegelman's Maus

My first experience with Art Spiegelman's Maus took place at Penn State's University Book Centre (now Got Used Bookstore). I shelved literally hundreds of copies under their respective assigned courses. But, like all the books I shelved, I didn't have time to really look at it - except to see that it had a swastika on it alongside some mice.

Years passed - three actually - and Maus snuck up on me again. One of my good friends had it assigned for class (oh the irony - I could have shelved his copy). He loved it; and spent quite a long time explaining the concept to me.

The Jewish community is portrayed as mice - the Nazi officers as cats - get it? Isn’t it great? I'll really have to tell you all about it. The style of the pictures is so interesting - especially when compared with the events going on around them.

Yes, I answered, of course it sounds wonderful - inspired actually - I'll read it eventually.

Well that time has come - it's time to throw these first impressions aside.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at November 5, 2007 11:00 AM | TrackBack
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