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Art Spiegleman’s classic Maus is on a par with the greatest allegorical works in literary and artistic history. Aesop and Orwell spring to mind. At the same time Maus is a deeply moving personal tale told by Spiegleman’s father of his parents surviving the holocaust. The intensity of his ink drawing is capable of tenderness and love, as well as highlighting sickening glimpses of hell on earth. If you know of Maus but have not read it as was the case with me, please do not pass it by.

Penguin/paperback/16.99/9780141014081

Philip Maltman

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