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The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
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The Complete Persepolis

by Marjane Satrapi

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Series: Persepolis (Omnibus 1-4)

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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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    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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    Hibou8: Two very good graphic novels that deal with coming of age.
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This is a novel by Marjane Satrapi about her childhood all the way up to young adulthood. She tells the story of her life growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. The book is broken up into sections, each about a different period in her life. They chronicle the hardships her family goes through, the confusion and fear within herself and throughout her country, her experience moving abroad, and feeling disconnected from her family.
  Colbi | Mar 16, 2014 |
A fascinating graphic autobiography of an Iranian girl growing up first in Iran, then Vienna, then back in Iran. It really put a human perspective on the history and politics of the region. We've all heard about the religious fanaticism but the relative liberalism of some is more surprising. The stark black and white drawings perfectly suit the honesty of the storytelling. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Feb 16, 2014 |
This was a quick read, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. The art is simple but good, and Satrapi is frank, funny, and reveals much about life in Iran that I'd never thought about before. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
After reading Maus, I was recommended to check out another nonfiction graphic novel set: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

Persepolis is a set of 2 books, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, that tell Marjane’s story.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is about Marjane’s life as a child growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It’s complicated, dark at time, yet funny, too. Marjane isn’t a “perfect child” – she’s real, hilarious, and outgoing. Marjane experiences life being rich and free, with religious changes forcing girls into burkas and the lack of interaction with boys.

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return begins in 1984 when Marjane flees Iran to spend years in Vienna, without her family. Marjane struggles with her identity, becoming a follower amongst her friends, and even dealing drugs a little bit at one point.

For the full review, visit Love at First Book ( )
  LoveAtFirstBook | Jan 22, 2014 |
The Complete Persepolis (a compilation of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The story of a Return) is perhaps not strictly a YA book and is definitely not an easy topic despite its graphic novel format, but it is without a doubt a book to which any and all teenagers should be introduced, especially American ones. Satrapi has created a rare coming of age tale that is both achingly universal and very specific to her experience. Within Persopolis, she gives Western audiences a view of a people and a culture that many of us only see from a skewed viewpoint. Instead readers are presented with a young Iranian Marjane from a modern, moderate and politically-minded family. As she gets older, tensions in her country arise from a controlling government and its conflicts with neighboring Iraq, and at 14 she is sent, alone, to Austria to complete her education.
Although Satrapi’s experiences in and outside of war-torn Iran are harrowing, the most emotionally resonant elements of this memoir are when Marjane is just being Marjane: making mistakes; loving and missing her family but desiring to be her own person away from them; finding and losing friends; excelling at school one year and barely passing the next. She’s unflinching in portraying her imperfections, making her all the more honest and relatable. Teenagers may no longer understand the motivations of Hester Prynne or Jay Gatsby, but they will doubtlessly connect with Marjane Satrapi’s story of her life. ( )
  ARQuay | Nov 17, 2013 |
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Marjane Satrapiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferris, BlakeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ripa, MattiasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Singh, AnjaliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the Complete Persepolis (books 1-4 or books I+II)

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.

Editions with the ISBN of 0-224-08039-3, even though they are in most cases only called Persepolis, are the Complete Persepolis.
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:58 -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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