Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

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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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User Review  - azulaco - LibraryThing

I enjoyed both Persepolis #1 and #2, not just for the actual content, but because Marjane Satrapi is just my age. Every time she mentioned what year it was when a particular event happened in her life ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookandsword - LibraryThing

1.5/5 stars (rounded down) Well, it has been awhile since a book made me so angry. This was such a drastic change from Persepolis 1, I couldn't believe I was reading about the same person! - I really ... Read full review

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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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