Russia Bans Spiegelman’s “Maus”

Art Spiegelman has called Russian bookstores’ decision to stop selling copies of “Maus” – his Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust – the “harbinger of a dangerous thing”, as authorities move to remove Nazi insignia ahead of the 70th anniversary of the allied victory in the second world war. Moscow’s major bookstores have withdrawn copies of Spiegelman’s book – which includes a Swastika on its cover – in an attempt to comply with a law banning Nazi propaganda. The 70th anniversary of Victory Day is 9 May. “It’s a real shame because this is a book that is about memory,” Spiegelman told the Guardian. “We don’t want cultures to erase memory.”

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