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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
Authors:Marjane Satrapi
Info:Pantheon (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 160 pages
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

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A sort of graphic memoir about growing up in Iran in the 70s and 80s during the fall of the Shah, the Islamic take over and Iran's war and Satrapi's eventual departure from Iran. It tells of the fear mongering, control and resistance in the Islamic State. Satrapi grew up in an era where political executions were the norm. Growing up in Canada during the same era, I only had a cursory awareness of the war with Iraq and the embassy hostage crisis. This is really stellar and impactful ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
Persepolis is about the Iranian Revolution and how actual Iranian citizens dealt with living in the country before, during and after this period. A young narrator comes of age during this period and watches as her family rebels, is put in prison, cooks big meals, celebrates one another, and tries to raise her as best they can like a normal teenager during this critical time. I love books that are based on actual events and people who live through bigger world events that can then give us, the reader, a personal ground-floor perspective of what life was like during this time for a citizen or an average teenager listening to punk music and going shopping. The black and white comic images make this work seem more serious, which feels appropriate due to its very real subject matter in which many people actually died or were inprisoned during. I respect the author a lot for taking on such a hefty subject matter and doing it with humor and honesty. I also think this book is an amazing way for teens to learn about the Iranian revolution and gain empathy for other teens who are growing up under very different circumstances. ( )
  LeslieMuir | Mar 18, 2017 |
This was a very good book to read. I would not have found it without the 100 New Classics list. Not a "happy read", but important for understanding history and a human story. ( )
  deldevries | Mar 12, 2017 |
A fascinating graphic memoir detailing the artist's upbringing in revolutionary Iran. Well worth the read. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
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 |
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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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