Sunday, August 31, 2014
Risk Taking Researcher - Maus
Author: Art Spiegelman
Risk taking researcher
While reading the book for the second week, I felt like it was time to learn more about the author in the book. It is really important to know about the author because we can relate things that happen in the book with the author's life.
Art Spiegelman was born in February 15, 1948 in Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev in Stockholm, Sweden. Spiegelman started cartooning with 12 years old (1960) and imitated the style his favorite comics. Spiegelman always loved drawing. He earned money with his drawing by the time he reached high school. He married Françoise Mouly on July 12, 1977. They met at the Beaux-Arts in Paris. He taught her everything he knew about comics and helped her find a job as colorist for Marvel Comics. In 1987 they had a daughter named Nadja Rachel. In 1992, they had a son named Dashiell Alan. Since Spiegelman suffers from lazy eyes (disorder of sight), he lacks depth perception. He says that his art is a result of his deficiencies. Because he lacks confidence as a visual artist, he is constantly revising his dialogues and visuals. Some of the dialogues in Maus were revised up to forty times.
The book Maus is really based on his father's past in the Holocaust. Everything that happens in the book really happened with his father. Spiegelman would released one chapter at a time. He learned that Steven Spielberg was making an animated movie about Jew mice that escaped the Eastern European persecution by going to the United States. He was sure that the film was inspired by his book Maus. He was anxious to finish and publish his book before the movie came out to avoid comparison. After a lot of hard work trying to find a publisher, he released his book with the first six chapters. The book Maus won 11 awards from 13 nominations and wrote more than 15 books.
I think that knowing that this story was based on Art's father's past makes me realize that everything in the book really happened. At first when I started reading the book, I thought that the author had made everything up. But, knowing that it really happened makes me realize how horrible things were. The Nazis really killed people with no purpose. Art's brother really died because his aunt poisoned him. Things that we wouldn't imagine would happen actually happened. It is sad to realize that there are so many horrible people and and things that exists in this world.
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