In the Shadow of No Towers

In the Shadow of No Towers

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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.

Spiegelman and his family bore witness to the attacks in their lower Manhattan neighborhood: his teenage daughter had started school directly below the towers days earlier, and they had lived in the area for years. But the horrors they survived that morning were only the beginning for Spiegelman, as his anguish was quickly displaced by fury at the U.S. government, which shamelessly co-opted the events for its own preconceived agenda.

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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780375423079
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 SPI 2004 22
Characteristics: 1 v. (various pagings) : col. ill


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May 14, 2014

If you "get" the New York spirit, have a feel for the Jewish diaspora, and if you liked the book MAUS, then you will like this book.

Dec 15, 2013

Art Spiegelman deals with 9/11 with old comics (Krazy Kat, Little Nemo, Yellow Kid). Cool art, but it fails as a memoir.

Oct 06, 2013

This book was too disjointed and chaotic to really enjoy. It's more a bunch of snippets bound together than it is a story.
However, perhaps that's the point? NYC after Sept. 11th must have been chaotic, unsure, paranoid, surreal. There must have been no flow to one's reality or new expectations of what's going on. In that case, this is an exceptional book. It follows completely along these lines.
The graphics are terrific. I especially liked the use of upside down strips: part of a strip is right side up, then it switches to upside down. The world of New Yorkers was turned upside down, so why not the graphic novel telling the story?
This is a book worth checking out but don't expect a straight forward story.

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