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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (edition 2004)

by Marjane Satrapi

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Title:Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

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She had so much potential, just imagine if she had the oppurtunities that we have today. She would have been a really smart and beneficial person. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
Marjane Satrapi's story of endurance is an inspiration to anyone that feels oppressed. 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. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. ( )
  Hnm113 | Oct 31, 2016 |
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  sszkutak | Sep 28, 2016 |
This book came out about a year before Persian Girls by Nahid Rachlin, another Iranian writer, a book I had the honor of editing. Rachlin's book is a memoir, not a graphic memoir, so there really is no good way to compare the two. However, I also read Alison Bechdel's astonishing graphic memoir, Fun House, so I think between the two, I can do a little compare and contrast. I love graphic memoirs, especially ones featuring intelligent women who were precocious girls living in challenging circumstances. I was completely taken in by Satrapi's characters--her mother's complexity shines through, her father's essential sweetness and challenged optimism, and, to my mind, most moving, her uncle's devotion to her, even as he was imprisoned. There was a lack of robustness--the narrative arc felt muddled to me. It was ultimately unsatisfying. I felt Satrapi could have made this slight book three times as long, perhaps going into some of the history of the region and even more about the Iran/Iraq War. I longed, too, for more nuanced portraits of her childhood friends and their different circumstances. I will absolutely read the second part of Persepolis. ( )
  bookofmoons | Sep 1, 2016 |
Wow.

I'll write a proper review on the second half. Which I'm not going to read tonight, because, oh the feels.

But suffice to say this is painfully good. And all the comparisons to Maus are dead on, except in some (actually many) ways, this is somehow more accessible to me. ( )
  krazykiwi | Aug 22, 2016 |
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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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To my parents
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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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