Chicken with Plums

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Pantheon Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 84 pages
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“Chicken with Plums is a feast you’ll devour.”

Acclaimed graphic artist Marjane Satrapi brings what has become her signature humor and insight, her keen eye and ear, to the heartrending story of a celebrated Iranian musician who gives up his life for music and love.

When Nasser Ali Khan, the author’s great-uncle, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures. Over the course of the week that follows, we are treated to vivid scenes of his encounters with family and friends, flashbacks to his childhood, and flash-forwards to his children’s future. And as the pieces of his story fall into place, we begin to understand the breadth of his decision to let go of life.

The poignant story of one man, it is also stunningly universal—a luminous tale of life and death, and the courage and passion both require of us.

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Crushed this book in a single sitting today (tho it's a graphic novel, so that's not at all difficult) and was just devastated by that ending. Ostensibly the story of a musician who gives up on life ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adrianne Mathiowetz - Goodreads

Beautifully illustrated -- a lot of the pages feel like woodcuts you'd find dustily framed in a bookish antique shop, and beautifully composed -- in a series of days leading up to a man's death by ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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 also the author of several children’s books, the memoir Embroideries, and the internationally best-selling and award-winning comic book autobiography in two parts, Persepolis and Persepolis 2. She co-wrote and co-directed the Academy Award-nominated animated film version of Persepolis.