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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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    Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (JessamyJane)
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    A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached (Felipe-F)
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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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Brilliant. Emotional. Review to come, I need to get my thoughts together. ( )
  Diamond.Dee. | Jul 3, 2015 |
Satrapi’s unique achievement—creating her autobiography in the form of a graphic “novel”—successfully depicts the immediacy of politics. She tells her story, which is in many ways typical of most young girls and women. She rebels against her parents and social norms, she dates young men with varying degrees of satisfaction, she enjoys music and other forms of pop culture, she has adventures with her friends, and she learns about the complicated matters of love and sex. She also, however, witnesses firsthand the terrors of violent fundamentalist revolution in her native Iran and experiences the most extreme forms of oppression in recent history. Juxtaposing her “typical” childhood/adolescence within the context of late 20th-century Islamic fundamentalism allows Satrapi to depict the sharp dichotomy between public perception and private reality—just as her peers and family members can never truly know the inner “Marji” who narrates the tale, the rest of the world is likewise clueless about what life was like for many Iranians during the days of the Ayatollah’s despotic rule. ( )
  jimrgill | Jun 16, 2015 |
A terrific account of a girl growing up in revolutionary Iran during the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. I knew very little about Iran during that time, and now I know a little more. It's insightful, sad, humorous and ultimately joyous. A great little coming of age story that I couldn't put down. ( )
  heradas | May 31, 2015 |
...'In 1979 a revolution took place. It was later called the Islamic revolution.', March 15, 2015

This review is from: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Paperback)
An absolutely wonderful telling of Iranian history by means of b/w cartoons. Opening in 1980, when the author, aged 10, is a - not surprisingly outspoken child- of very westernized, Marxist parents, she takes us through the Revolution against the Shah. There are always underlying fears as some of her parents' friends are murdered. But the people's joy at the overthrowing of the Shah soon becomes fear at the rising Islamic republic: as mere boys are drafted into the army, many of her friends emigrate. And she and her liberated mother must toe the line and wear a veil.
Marjane includes little snippets that are significant to a teenager: her parents smuggling pop posters in for her after a trip to Turkey, shopping with friends, her anger at the politically correct lines spouted by her teacher. But also the horrific - the escalating war with Iraq, and the Iranians' refusal to make peace because 'they eventually admitted that the survival of the regime depended on the war'.
The book ends with Marjane being sent to continue her education in Europe.....the story continues in book 2.
I was surprised that a book of this format could be this moving. You really feel you get to know the 'characters' as the author does such a good job of portraying emotion in simple little pictures. ( )
  starbox | Mar 15, 2015 |
Ðe failure of Perſia before Iſlam. ( )
  leandrod | Feb 10, 2015 |
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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 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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