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A GRAPHIC ADAPTATION OF ANNE FRANK’S DIARY REVEALS ITS WIT AND HUMOR.

“Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation”

Adapted by Ari Folman

Illustrated by David Polonsky

149 pages. Pantheon Books. $24.95.

The story of Anne Frank is so well known to so many that the task of making it new seems at once insurmountable and superfluous. Her “Diary of a Young Girl,” with 30 million copies in print in 60 languages, is one of the most widely read books of the 20th century and, for an incalculable number of readers, the gateway for a first encounter with the Holocaust. Beginning on Anne’s 13th birthday, when she fortuitously received a diary with a red-and-white plaid cover among her gifts, and ending abruptly right before the Franks’ arrest, in early August 1944, the “Diary” chronicles just over two years

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