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Persepolis (edition 2003)

by Marjane Satrapi

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Title:Persepolis
Authors:Marjane Satrapi
Info:New York: Pantheon Books, c2003.
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Rating:****
Tags:graphic novel, memoir, iran

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

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Iranian revolution as seen through the eyes of the daughter of a progressive Iranian family, which supported the uprising against the Shah, but not the subsequent take-over of the entire society by religious fundamentalists.

Horrifying, humorous, touching and thought-provoking, it is drawn just well enough not to inhibit the story. I was surprised to learn how much I did not know about the Iranian revolution. Truly one of those works that expand one's knowledge about the world we live in, but also highlights human stupidity in all its vastness.

Read it in Slovene, titled Perzepolis: Zgodba o otroštvu. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
Persepolis
MarJane Satrapi

A unique and enlightening coming-of-age graphic memoir set in Iran, and weighted with high-contrast illustrations that transport us to another time and place.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


SUMMARY
Marjane Satrapi is the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperor‘s, and her parents are committed Marxist’s. PERSEPOLIS is her childhood memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Black-and-white comic strip images tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen and allow us to learn as she does, the history of her country and her own family. Her childhood saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The book paints a portrait of daily life in Iran and the contradictions between home life and public life.

“The revolution is like a bicycle, when the wheels don’t turn it fails.”

REVIEW
PERSEPOLIS is a starkly drawn black-and-white graphic memoir. It’s a touching chronicle of Marjane’s childhood creatively blended with the politics of the time. It is a basic and yet thought-provoking and poignant story. The part I liked most was Marjane’s innocence in questioning all the changes that were happening around her, particularly in 1980, when being forced to wear the veil and when schools were separated by gender. “We didn’t really like to wear the veil, especially since we didn’t understand why we had to.” The vignettes of Marjane with her jasmine-scented grandmother were particularly memorable because of the wisdom and comfort Marjane found in her grandmother’s arms. “...always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.”

Marjane is a smart and outspoken child, and both of these traits serve her well as she has to confront the many challenges of a country in turmoil. A prime example was when she was detained by Guardians of the Revolution for wearing jeans and sneakers. The book is only 153 pages, but you get an excellent understanding of the beliefs and politics of her parents, and her extended family. While the illustrations were dark and heavy it seemed particularly fitting for the period of overthrow, revolution and war.

Middle school age students desiring exposure to other cultures and anyone who likes to explore unique literature formats should take a look at PERSEPOLIS. Author Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 and grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycée Français before leaving for Vienna and then going to Strasburg to study illustration. She has written several children’s books, and her illustrations appear in newspapers and magazines throughout the world, including The New Yorker and the New York Times. She currently lives in Paris. In 2005, she published Persepolis 2, a continuation of her memoir covering the story of her life in Vienna and her eventual return to Iran.

Thanks to my brilliant son for the gift of this book and for awakening me to the many literary adventures still awaiting my attention.
Publisher Pantheon
Publication June 1, 2004 ( )
  LisaSHarvey | Jun 14, 2018 |
I picked up the book largely on a whim. Persepolis is the story of a girl, growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It's an interesting read, and very well written. The artwork is primarily minimalistic, bordering on cartoony, but remains evocative in some of the more traditional images.

I didn't find this story quite as engaging as Maus, but that's primarily due to the way Maus was framed. The story of Maus was a more human story - trying to understand his father, and what was done. Persepolis is more short stories being told to you, which for me, is a bit more distancing. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
There is so much I don't understand about people, society, how we live together. Discussions about Iran in the 1980s, 1990s make me feel this way. graphic novel is a great way to present this stuff ( )
  margaretfield | May 30, 2018 |
There's a reason this is perhaps one of the most well-known graphic novels: it's beautifully written and illustrated, informative and intriguing, and, best of all, it tells an unforgettable story set in a distant locale. Satrapi's narrative about her childhood in post-revolution Iran is somehow both dense and sparse. We're given a very historically accurate picture of Iran during its most tumultuous time in recent memory, but it's relayed frame by frame through the eyes of a child coming to terms with her rapidly changing country. This story will be relevant as long as there are leaders and led populations, as long as populism can sway the masses, and as long as people are willing to give up their freedom for the sake of dogma and ideology. And, luckily for all of us, as long there are those who stand up to resist it. ( )
  Jmason21 | May 1, 2018 |
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Satrapi’s style is almost primitive, consisting of flat figures with simple shapes and features. It’s more sophisticated than a child’s creations, but it superficially resembles them, an approach that supports the presentation of memories from that period of life.
 
Marjane Satrapi's ''Persepolis'' is the latest and one of the most delectable examples of a booming postmodern genre: autobiography by comic book.
 

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This is me when I was 10 years old. This was in 1980.
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EXCEPT FOR MY GRANDMOTHER I WAS OBVIOUSLY THE ONLY ONE WHO BELIEVED IN MYSELF.
IT WAS FUNNY TO SEE HOW MUCH MARX AND GOD LOOKED LIKE EACH OTHER. THOUGH MARX'S HAIR WAS A BIT CURLIER.
TO EACH HIS OWN WAY OF CALMING DOWN.
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Persepolis was originally published in 4 volumes. Some later editions, especially in the U.S., combined volumes 1-2 into one work Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood; volumes 3-4 were combined into Persepolis: The Story of a Return. Keep this in mind when combining/separating.
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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.
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An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi--the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor--bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. 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.… (more)

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