Art Spiegelman

Using a medium often associated with lightheartedness to portray the horrors of the Holocaust.

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Some critics were ill-disposed to the depiction of Jews as mice, with its implication of helplessness, but most saw Maus as a groundbreaking work of art.  “Maus is a masterpiece, and it's in the nature of such things to generate mysteries, and pose more questions than they answer,” says novelist Phlip Pullman.  “But if the notion of a canon means anything, Maus is there at the heart of it. Like all great stories, it tells us more about ourselves than we could ever suspect.”

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Saul Austerlitz

Saul Austerlitz is a writer and film critic in New York.