Spiegelman Strikes Back

This is the first book, CD or DVD I’ve ever felt compelled to preorder.

[excerpted publisher’s comments:]

For Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were both highly personal and intensely political. In the Shadow of No Towers, his first new book of comics since the groundbreaking Maus, is a masterful and moving account of the events and aftermath of that tragic day…

He responded in the way he knows best. In an oversized, two-page-spread format that echoes the scale of the earliest newspaper comics (which Spiegelman says brought him solace after the attacks), he relates his experience of the national tragedy in drawings and text that convey — with his singular artistry and his characteristic provocation, outrage, and wit — the unfathomable enormity of the event itself, the obvious and insidious effects it had on his life, and the extraordinary, often hidden changes that have been enacted in the name of post-9/11 national security and that have begun to undermine the very foundation of American democracy.


2 responses to “Spiegelman Strikes Back

  • Anonymous

    and what did you think of it? i kinda didnt like it.


  • Trevor Dodge

    I think it’s a brilliant, honest and incredibly personal response. I’m particularly fond of the “New Normal” sequence, where the calendar on the wall is replaced with the Stars and Stripes, while the family below falls quickly back to sleep. I’m also struck by the wide range of Spiegelman’s visual styles in this book, and the overall construction/presentation of the work as a whole. It’s a book that, as one of my students remarked in an essay about Spiegelman, is hard to ignore and uncomfortable to hold; it’s oversized, constructed with heavy materials, and serves almost as a visceral tableau of the now-missing twin towers. I’ll be using this book again in my upcoming spring classes, and undoubtedly in future units on 9/11.

    But that’s all me. What didn’t you like about it?

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