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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi

Published: 2003-04
Hardcover : 153 pages
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Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, ...
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Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane’s child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

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Iranian literature--have you read any
Why do you think Western Education is so closed off, but countries like Iran have the option of sending their children to French schools?
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Watch the movie
by smf15362 (see profile) 09/18/14
There's a film version of this! I wish we had thought about picking it up at the library before meeting.

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  "Different take on reading"by kpeltier (see profile) 05/29/15

I loved this book!! I thought it was an easy read and very informative. Was surprised when it was suggested as it is a graphic novel (ie cartoon drawings). It was an interesting way to learn about... (read more)

 
  "Suprisingly Intense"by smf15362 (see profile) 09/18/14

This book was NOT what I was expecting at all, but in the best way. It highlighted how little I know about recent world history in a fun way. I love the artwork--it's deceptively simple black & white line... (read more)

 
by whitneywebb (see profile) 08/12/14

 
  "History from a young girl's point of view"by dborda (see profile) 04/29/09

For many of us, this was the first graphic novel we had read, so it was a new experience to both read this memoir and also review the illustrations. Persepolis is easy to read and provides a good basic... (read more)

 
  "Immersive and Visually Engaging"by lildziner (see profile) 04/27/09

Persepolis offered me a window into a world and point in history about which I wasn't very familiar. Its a very timely read to understand a slice of the Iranian experience--A nice juxtaposition to what... (read more)

 
  "This doesn't seem like a book club book."by lbchiang (see profile) 01/09/09

If you are looking for a deeply political or historical review of Iran this might be the book for you. Otherwise it is very deep, graphic and although entertaining and easy to read with the comic book... (read more)

 
  "Comic genre for young audience"by [email protected] (see profile) 07/18/08

The Missoula City-County Public library offers Book Club Chat bags and this was available for check out. The illustrations are simple with the author's narrative voice. It is a memoir from a young girl's... (read more)

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