This excerpt is drawn from “Kushinagar,” which will appear in Joe Sacco’s new collection Journalism, to be published by Metropolitan Books on June 19.
Twenty-five years ago, Art Spiegelman published the first of his Maus books—a pair of graphic novels about the experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats. Maus II was awarded the Pulitzer prize in 1991—the only graphic novel ever to win—and both books continue to move and provoke readers. In his new book MetaMaus, Spiegelman talks with Hillary Chute, a professor of English at the University of Chicago, about how the Maus books came into being.
Image: Study, page 124 of Maus (Art Spiegelman)