I just finished MAUS: A Survivor’s Taleby Art Spiegelman. It was in two parts; the first: My Father Bleeds History, the second: Here My Troubles Began. MAUS is a graphic novel telling the story of the author’s father’s survival of the Holocaust. It is also the tale of Spiegelman’s strained relationship with his father, and his attempt to come to terms with his dad, himself, and the truths of the Holocaust.
In the books mice are Jews, pigs are Poles, and cats (of course) are Nazi’s. It takes the older Spiegelman from rich factory owner, to a Jewish ghetto, to Auschwitz, and home. I found it very different to read a story with pictures, but they are expressive and startling. I loved the dynamics of the two stories intertwining, one from the war and one from the present. MAUS won the 1992 Pulitzer, and it is one of the best books I read this year.