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The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Complete Persepolis

by Marjane Satrapi

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Series: Persepolis (Omnibus 1-4)

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    Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Iran of the late 20th century was a country of contradictions. Private and public lives, religious and secular lives, and men's and women's lives existed in direct opposition. Read thought-provoking, true-life stories about this in Persepolis and Lipstick Jihad.… (more)
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    The Shadows of Ghadames by Joelle Stolz (missmaddie)
    missmaddie: Shadows is for a younger audience, but it deals with some of the same themes and cultural ideas as the more adult Persepolis.
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    Blankets by Craig Thompson (Hibou8)
    Hibou8: Two very good graphic novels that deal with coming of age.
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    Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuściński (wookiebender)
    wookiebender: A non-fiction book about the lead-up to the Iranian revolution (plus a bit post-revolution), I found this an interesting companion piece.
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    Persia Blues, vol. 1: Leaving Home by Dara Naraghi (CassandraStrand)
    CassandraStrand: Both books deal with girls growing up under the restrictions of post-revolutionary Iran and their "escape" to the West.
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This is the second graphic memoir I've read. I found the story interesting, and it has helped me understand better the cultural situation in Iran, but it doesn't help me understand the benefits of the genre over just straight-up memoir without the "graphic" part. I'm just not clear on what the artwork adds. There are a few places where there seem to be missing details and/or the storytelling just doesn't seem solid, and the artwork doesn't make up for those shortcomings. So far my favorite thing about graphic memoirs is that I can read them faster than text-only books, which makes them a satisfying choice for read-a-thon reading. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Oct 31, 2016 |
So interesting to read a perspective like this. Actually, some of the changes under the new regime in Iran reminded me of parts of Maria Augusta Trapp's story about the Austria she and her family eventually escaped from. Even with its sprinkles of humor, Persepolis is not at all a light memoir of mild themes, but I'll admit that this particular style of delivery helped me to keep turning the pages. ( )
  NadineC.Keels | Sep 5, 2016 |
Loved this graphic novel about growing up in Iran around the time of the Islamic Revolution. The pictures are wonderful, and although it's hard hitting and upsetting it's also very funny. I read the first volume previously and only just got round to reading this edition which includes volume 2 as well. I think books like this are so important to help us see how similar people are wherever they live. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Aug 14, 2016 |
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi was the June book from the feminist book club on Goodreads called Our Shared Shelf started by Emma Watson. This was the first graphic novel we've read in the group so I was understandably quite excited. This is the true story of the author's experience growing up in Tehran (the capital of Iran). The book opens at the beginning of the Islamic revolution in 1979. The first chapter is called The Veil and describes the incredulity of all of the children in her school when they are told that they are now required to wear the veil. Marjane is bounces between unbelievably horrific imagery of torture to the seemingly arbitrary rules and regulations thrust upon Iranians. It's at times quite humorous but mostly it's appalling. The graphic depictions of torture, death, and oppression are raw and I felt gave our main character more depth than did the descriptions of her relationships and drug experimentation. It can be difficult to review a memoir (as I mentioned with Blankets) because it feels somewhat odd to say "I'm not a huge fan of the main character". However, it's the truth. I didn't really care for Marjane and I didn't really connect with her. I did connect with the plights of the people in her country. When she wrote about the unfairness of the law and the subterfuge that everyone committed just to have some semblance of humanity I felt deeply moved. The art style is not my favorite but neither is it terrible. I'd say this would be a good read for someone who wants to learn more about the people of Iran and their struggles but for me it's not one I'd reread and I don't think I'd read any more of her works. 5/10 ( )
  AliceaP | Jul 26, 2016 |
Not only do you learn about Marjane Satrapi and her life experiences through her first-hand accounts, you also get a magnificent history lesson on Iran from 1979 to 1994, seen through the eyes of someone who grew up during that tumultuous time.

This is such an amazing book, and it fit right in with other books I have recently been reading, most that dealt with a much earlier period of the area involved. It was a nice look at a more recent history before jumping back to the long, long ago.

I'm kind of at a loss for things to say about this one, because all that really comes to mind is a series of overly positive adjectives presented with exclamation points.

If you haven't read it, do so as soon as you can. It's worth it. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Apr 25, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Marjane Satrapiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ferris, BlakeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merrien, CélineLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ripa, MattiasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Singh, AnjaliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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A one-volume edition of Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, living as a teenage expatriate in Austria, and returning to live as a young adult in Islamic Iran.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375714839, Paperback)

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom--Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:52 -0400)

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Collects a two-part graphic memoir, in which the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran, a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.… (more)

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