Persepolis

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Jonathan Cape, 2006 - Authors, Iranian - 343 pages
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"Wise, often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, Persepolis- The Story of Childhood tells the story of Marjane Satrapi's life in Tehran from the ages of 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 child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran's last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Amidst the tragedy, Marjane's child's eye view adds immediacy and humour, and her story of a childhood at once outrageous and ordinary, beset by the unthinkable and yet buffered by an extraordinary and loving family, is immensely moving. It is also very beautiful; Satrapi's drawings have the power of the very best woodcuts. Persepolis ends on a cliffhanger in 1984, just as fourteen-year-old Marjane is leaving behind her home in Tehran, escaping fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in the West. In Persepolis 2- The Story of a Return we fo

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User Review  - strandbooks - LibraryThing

Persepolis took me much longer than I expected mainly because I had a hard time keeping track of the characters. It's a memoir graphic novel about Marjane growing up in Iran during the 80s and 90s. I definitely learned a lot about the war in Iran. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel.Estes - LibraryThing

The artwork in The Complete Persepolis is okay, but Marjane's story more than makes up for it. As for the story, it's oddly down to earth. There's a revolution going on but from Marjane's viewpoint it's very day-to-day. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including the New Yorkerand the New York Times. She is the author of several children's books, as well as the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling memoir Persepolis, which has been translated into twelve languages, and was awarded the first Fernando Bueso Blanco Peace Prize in Spain.

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