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The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Complete Persepolis (2003)

by Marjane Satrapi

Other authors: See the other authors section.

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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    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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    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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Very well written account of happenings in Iran and the Middle East. Makes you understand the hardships that girls and young people have been through and continue to struggle with ( )
  EBassett | Mar 20, 2019 |
This is the first book in the Persepolis duology (I actually did not know this was part of a series when I picked it up). It was a well done graphic novel about a young girl growing up in Tehran.

As you might expect some of the things Satrapi goes through are shocking and upsetting. At the same time you will be surprised how kids will always act like kids and how normal her family tries to keep their lives despite the tumult around them.

It’s a good book to expose people to life in Iran and how it affects the common people who are just trying to make it through their day to day lives. I would recommend to young adult and older just because there is some discussion about rape and there is a lot of violence.

Overall a well done graphic novel about growing up in Iran. I plan on reading the second book in the series because I am curious to know what happens to Satrapi when she goes to Europe. A good read for those who are interested in autobiographies and learning about the Middle East. ( )
  krau0098 | Jan 3, 2019 |
its astounding how you can almost see on the pages how satrapi's experiences of childhood trauma transformed and conditioned her affect, self-narrativization, and indeed phenomenology; as the world around the young satrapi becomes more dangerous and difficult to navigate, it seems as tho the author becomes more dissociated from the memories as she renders them. the result is a stunning depiction not only of a coming of age in the midst of the iranian revolution, but of the human heart's capacity to weather the most violent and horrifying conditions by hardening itself and persevering with a special kind of grace ( )
  alexanme | Dec 9, 2018 |
"In one afternoon, Persepolis will tell you more about Iran, about being an outsider, about being human, than you could learn from a thousand hours of TV documentaries and newspaper articles" Mark Haddon ( )
  AccyP | Nov 29, 2018 |
I don't ever read graphic novels, but I had to for my English class. That said, I surprisingly enjoyed Satrapi's novel. The photos just adds onto the details of her experience during the Iranian Revolution, making it all the more meaningful. ( )
  theasianbookclub | Nov 21, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Satrapi, Marjaneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferris, BlakeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merrien, CélineLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ripa, MattiasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Singh, AnjaliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is me when I was 10 years old. This was in 1980.
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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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