Magazine article Tablet Magazine

See How It Runs

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

See How It Runs

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It's the 25th anniversary of the publication of "My Father Bleeds History," the first volume of Art Spiegelman's masterpiece Maus (most of it had already been serialized in RAW, a comix magazine run by Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly). And we fans of it are being treated to MetaMaus, a multimedia extravaganza that fills in a ton of the details surrounding the making of Maus: sketches, annotated frames, transcriptions of Spiegelman's conversations with his father. MetaMaus dropped Tuesday; tonight, Spiegelman appears at 92nd Street Y.

The best thing on MetaMaus I've read so far comes, unsurprisingly, from The New Republic's Ruth Franklin, author of a fine study whose primary insistence is that a myopic obsession with getting the actual facts of specific Holocaust stories exactly right frequently gets in the way of appreciating the artful depictions of larger, more important, sometimes detail-immune truths about the overall event. (I wrote about Franklin's book last year.) "What MetaMaus makes clear," Franklin argues, "is that Maus, like the works of W.G. Sebald, exists somewhere outside of the genres as they are normally defined: We might call it 'testimonially based Holocaust representation.' But no matter what it is called, it gives the lie to the critics of Holocaust literature (as well as certain writers of it) who have insisted that either everything must be true or nothing is true."

There's also this great story:

The question of how truthful Maus can be is perfectly illustrated by the minor kerfuffle that broke out when the second section of the book was published in hardcover and promptly made its way to the New York Times best-seller listin the fiction column. …

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