Twenty five years ago Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus related a family story of the Holocaust. It is the only graphic novel to win the Pulitzer prize.
The new book MetaMaus is Spiegelman’s own exploration of Maus and a commentary on why he chose such a distinctive way to depict the horrors of fascism.
Maus told the harrowing story of his Polish Jewish father’s experience of survival in the Auschwitz death camp.
But Spiegelman depicted Germans as cats, and the Jews as mice. Other “national” groups are depicted as other animals.
He did this to show the absurdity of dividing people in this way.