Persepolis Two

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Pantheon Books, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 187 pages
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In Persepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day,” Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir-in-comic-strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging.

Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran.

As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is another clear-eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism. In its depiction of the struggles of growing up—here compounded by Marjane's status as an outsider both abroad and at home—it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating.

  

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pictures a bit basic but story good. - LibraryThing
The ending is heart-wrenching. - LibraryThing
Writing is clear and succinct. - LibraryThing
The artwork is simple and effective. - LibraryThing
The art and story are compelling and educational. - LibraryThing
She is a very talented writer. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

Okay, so it's a graphic novel. But a) it's quite good, and b) I'm going to more than make up for any possible "lack of weightiness" by the end of this year, I promise. I've seen excerpts from this ... Read full review

Review: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis #1-2)

User Review  - Francisca Viegas - Goodreads

“One can forgive but one should never forget.” This is the story of Marjane Satrapi as a child growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. It is so moving and deeply touching to actually see and ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Copyright

About the author (2004)

MARJANE SATRAPI was born in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris, where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including The New Yorker and The New York Times. She is the author of Persepolis, Persepolis 2, Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, and several children's books. She cowrote and codirected the animated feature film version of Persepolis, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Her  most recent film was a live-action version of Chicken with Plums.


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