“Maus” – Decades-old graphic novel series about the Holocaust Banned by the Tennessee School Board last week – Rise to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list.
More than $83,000 has been raised so far to give free copies to students.
The 30-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning Art Spiegelman series wasn’t even among Amazon’s top 1,000 early last week, when news broke of a McMinn County ban on what it deemed “unnecessary” violence and nudity and swearing in novels.
But by Monday, the whole group was in On top of the “Best Sellers in Literary Graphic Novels” by the online giant – With the first and second books rounded up to the first three places separately.
The series shares roughly the same sweep on Amazon bestseller list, With the group in second place, “Maus I” in third and “Maus II” in ninth. The demand is so high that Amazon has warned that copies won’t be available until the end of February.
Only Peter Schweizer’s powerful book “Red Hands” on China’s Influence on US Politics – and more recently Exclusively previewed by The Post – Prevent it from sweeping clean on top.
At the same time as online Maus sales surged, a store in Knoxville, neighboring McMinn County, started an online fundraiser to buy copies for American students — raising more than $83,000 by Monday, more than four times its $20,000 goal.
“Art Spiegelman’s masterpiece is considered one of the most significant, influential, and influential graphic novels of all time. We believe it should be read by everyone,” wrote fundraiser Nirvana Comics Knoxville.
Spiegelmann—the 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner for books about his father’s experiences as a Holocaust survivor—suggested that history cautioned against responding.
“The school board could have checked the matter with their predecessor in banning books, Vladimir Putin,” the 73-year-old author He told CNBC for the Russian dictator.
Spiegelman wrote: “He made the Russian version of ‘Maus’ illegal in 2015… The small publisher immediately sold out and had to reprint it over and over again.
“The Streisand effect hit again,” he added, referring to the backlash from censorship.
The term refers to singer Barbra Streisand’s 2003 attempt to ban photos of her home which instead led to tens of thousands of people viewing them for the first time.
Spiegelman said he hopes to “coordinate a public/Zoom event for the McMinn area where I will speak and answer questions about Maus with local citizens.”
Other stores also offered free copies of “Maus” to affected McMinn County students, while a North Carolina professor offered them Free Online Course on Banned Series.
The school board voted on January 10 to remove the song “Maus” because of its “inappropriate language” and the illustration of a picture of a naked woman, according to a report. Minutes of a team meeting.
The board did not respond to a request for comment from The Post on Monday.
In a statement last week, he insisted that the books’ “unnecessary use of profanity and nudity and their depiction of violence and suicide” made them “Very simply adult oriented for use in our schools.
“We do not underestimate Moss’ value as a poignant and meaningful piece of literature, nor do we question the importance of teaching our children the historical and moral lessons and facts of the Holocaust,” the council said.
“On the contrary, we have asked our administrators to find other businesses that achieve the same educational goals in a more age-appropriate manner.
“We simply do not believe that this work is an appropriate text for our students to study.”