The Complete Persepolis

The Complete Persepolis

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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House, ©2004
ISBN: 9780375714832
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5 Sat
Alternative Title: Persepolis


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ArapahoeKathrynR Jul 24, 2018

From the stark inking to the interweaving of the personal and political, Persepolis is one of the best, must-read graphic novels of our age. Still somehow relevant after all these years, Persepolis will make you cry and laugh and wonder how humans can be so good and so bad at the same time.

Apr 06, 2018

Not a book I would have picked up and read, not in a million years. I've never read graphic anything, not really interested in Persian culture or history, never heard of any of these issues.

I guess that makes me the exact person who should read this. And I did. And it was amazing. It blew my mind. I read it in a day. The whole thing. I lived it, breathed it, couldn't forget it.

This young woman is my hero. Someone who stands up for justice, in circumstances so deadly, who pushes for what's right, who takes advantage of opportunities and calls out wrongs, this is someone who I can enjoy. The writing is adorable and gorgeous, which is not something normally said of graphic novels, I'm guessing, but much comes through the clear and well-expressed choice of words.

Now when Iran is in the news, I think of this story, this woman, this history, and every person who has to live in a country with a devastatingly horrible government. Life is good, life is difficult, life is full of all kinds of people. This woman is incredible, and strong, and heroic.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

An incredible and powerful memoir of Satrapi's coming of age in the middle of the Iranian Revolution, trying to adapt from her secular and academic youth in a newly fundamentalist religious state, and growing up in a world beneath the veil. Like American Born Chinese, this is a book for those who want a window into another person's life.

Sep 27, 2016

This is such an interesting way to inform people of the problems in the Islamic Republic. Also the narrator is a hilarious and unique and the art is simplistic and easy to follow. Some of the politics is confusing but the author does a great job of connecting you to the characters and the story.

Jun 29, 2016

Not usually a fan of graphic novels, but this was a very compelling story. The author tells the story of her childhood in revolutionary Iran, her difficult adolescence in Europe, and her experiences returning to Iran as an adult. The graphics really enhanced the narrative, and I found her observations informative and poignant.

mvkramer Aug 28, 2014

A very personal story of a girl growing up and becoming an adult takes on a political dimension because the girl just happens to live in Iran. I liked getting an inside look at Iran during the Islamic Revolution, a view of the world that Americans don't often see. Visually lovely, well-written, accessible and interesting. A memoir with something extra.

Sep 03, 2013

A beautifully written graphic novel. It has good points toward the history of recent Iran, but she's written in a way that I felt was a lot more relatable and readable towards the modern reader. Absolutely loved it. Once you read the book though, be sure to find the movie.

Feb 13, 2010

I read that the graphic novel, Persepolis by Satrapi pairs well with the book Before We Were Free by J. Alvarez.

Feb 11, 2010

2010 selection for the "One Book, One Philadelphia" community reading program.

Nov 13, 2009

Marjane Satrapi had a happy childhood in Iran with loving parents, family, and friends. Then, at age ten, in 1979, Marjane?s life was forever changed by the Islamic Revolution. Her parents are intellectuals and Marjane is well-educated at a French school, but once religious rule is established, none of that matters. At first, little Marji finds it all sort of interesting. Wearing the veil is kind of fun; it makes a good ghost mask or superhero cape on the playground. But as rules and laws become harsher and with severe--even deadly--consequences, Marji?s childish innocence fades and her family realizes that little good and much danger can come from this new regime. As the years pass and the government becomes more and more oppressive, it becomes all too apparent that there is no room for even Marji?s typical teenage rebellions, and that her high spirits and sense of independence are not qualities that this Iran will cherish. The two volumes of Persepolis (published as a complete book in 2007 and adapted into an Academy Award-nominated animated film) cover Marjane?s childhood in Iran under fundamentalist rule and her teenage years in Europe, where she was sent at age fourteen to escape the danger that threatened educated young women. Seeing the Iran-Iraq war through a child?s eyes is startling; even in the midst of witnessing kidnappings on the street and hearing about torture victims, Marji has time to long for symbols of freedom like Nike shoes and Michael Jackson records. It?s a point of view that?s real and accurate and that brings the consequences of war home to the reader, as well as offering a readable historical account of a war that many Americans still know little about. The adult author Marjane draws her young self in deep, crisp blacks and whites that are ideal for depicting the horrors of war, but that are still done in a style that can be light and humorous when needed. Persepolis is expressive, endearing, striking, and stirring. Almost universally appealing, this work is certain to become one of the most important graphic novels written today.


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