Satrapi, Marjane (Book - 2003 )
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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.
Authors: Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-
Uniform Title: Persépolis. English
Title: Persepolis
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, c2003.
Edition: 1st America ed.
Characteristics: 153 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 0375422307
Branch Call Number: GN PER
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Report This Sep 14, 2013
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The stark images contrasted by what should be a little lively childhood demonstrate perfectly the ambiguous world in which Satrapi grew up: surrounded by the love of her parents and her privileged life style, she was not spared the pain and fear of war. Her courage and innocence are striking, which gives the book a true and authentic voice: the black and white representing the anger of injustice and simple pictures the view of a complex world through a child's eyes. I found I was unable to read the book too fast, so rich it was in events and emotions. The ending is heart-wrenching. A haunting tale.

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.

Report This Aug 25, 2013
  • mondaysomeday rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Wonderful" is the word. Really funny, heart-wrenching, interesting, and groundbreaking coming-of-age story. Though it takes place in Iran during the revolution, her stories are often very universal.

Report This Jun 03, 2012
  • Ninja_Kevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A really good non-fiction memoir, it also taught me a lot of things.

Report This Jan 24, 2012
  • Kong72 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wonderful story whether you love graphic novels, or have never read one before. A compelling, interesting, and intriguing story... it touches on lives and history that we don't normally hear that much about in this country, and very effectively humanizes a part of the world we tend to easily demonize.

Report This Jan 19, 2012
  • dulynoted rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a wonderful introduction to graphic novels and, for me, an introduction to some Iranian history. It made me want more of both.

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  • sportsbookspce rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm not a big fan of graphic novels, but it was very refreshing that this book was about a signicifcant part of history. And that is wasn't all happy. The pictures were in black and white which I think suited the book.

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  • BigMoose rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A touching story of a childhood lived in the midst of extreme political change. The themes covered in this little story could generate much good conversation and discussion amongst teens and adults.

Report This Apr 23, 2011
  • marishkajuko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Simple and brilliant.

Persepolis was my first experience with the Graphic Novel genre and I enjoyed it much more than expected. Furthermore, it took me much longer to read than anticipated but it was time well spent. Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s story of growing up in Iran during the Shah’s regime, the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. Happily, the author provides a much-needed introduction as historical context, which I referred back to often. Marjane is the only child of Marxist parents and the granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors. For the most part, her family is quite ordinary yet as events unfold, the more ‘extraordinary’ becomes the norm. At first, it seemed odd for a comic book to focus on such a serious, multi-faceted subject. However, the black/white drawings and simple text proved to be ideal for conveying a child’s perspective of complicated situations. And there were many complicated situations; prison torture, kidnappings, confiscation of personal property, executions as well as saying good-bye to friends and family. Not to get all-weird and stuff but I read something the other day that took me by surprise. Next year is the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Speaking only for myself, I am not anymore acquainted with the Middle East now than I was then. Morever, I’m Lebanese! Seriously, aside from the sad realization that one should not attempt to hike in Iran, I know very little about the country and am grateful for Marjane’s story of her homeland. I believe I am one of the readers who, as one of the book jacket states, was “allergic to the (Graphic Novel) genre before being seduced by this book.

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  • Ninja_Kevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have recently finished a book called, "Persepolis" by Satrapi Marjane, a memoir. In this book the protagonist is Marji, she is a young girl who lives with her parents. Her parents would go into the streets at night and protest with others that have the same race as her because they didn’t like how they were treated and etc. The setting which it mostly took place is in Iran. Marji has to whear this veil in school, so they started a cultural revolution in Iran so that is when her parents started to protest in the streets.

Memoir told in comic-strip format of Marjane's girlhood in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.


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