“In The Shadow Of No Towers” by Art Spiegelman

I originally wrote this a couple years ago when I first started blogging. The book is very powerful and on the anniversary of 9-11 it is worth reblogging.

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ShadowNoTowersOn the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, I thought it appropriate to reread Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel In The Shadow Of No Towers. Spiegelman is most famous for his Maus series. Several years ago, I had the privilege of attending a talk where Spiegelman explained his reasons for writing No Towers which made a tremendous impact on me.

The book is not only a personal memoir of his experience of being in New York City during the attack, but it is also a strong social criticism on the US government’s actions following the attacks. He accuses the Bush administration as using the tragedy as a way to justify their agenda.

The structure of the comic strips is intentionally chaotic, creating a sense of confusion in the reader, where one stares at the page, not knowing where to start or where to turn next. Essentially, Spiegelman uses the comic-strip…

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