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Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (edition 2005)

by Marjane Satrapi

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Title:Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
Authors:Marjane Satrapi
Info:Pantheon (2005), Edition: Later printing, Paperback, 192 pages
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Tags:graphic novel, autobiography, coming of age, feminism, history, Iran, Islam, Islamic Revolution, memoir, Middle East, non-fiction, religion, revolution, women

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I loved the first book. The second is also really wonderful, but parts of it are so very painful to read. Other parts have too much didacticism on the page, which is maybe a European thing and maybe a weakness of trying to explain Iranian politics in a few comics panels.

Still a great view of Iranian life and the lives of Iranian women. I should've read these books years ago. ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
This continues Marijane's story right from where the first book leaves off. Marijane has been sent to Austria by her parents to escape the war and to be safe. Unfortunately, not knowing the culture or language, she has a hard time fitting in. After four years of taking care of herself in Austria, she decides to go home to Iran. The war has ended and now Marijane has to try to fit in to a different world than she'd left four years earlier. Part 2 covers ten years from her mid- and late teens through her early twenties.

I liked this one as much as the first one. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 2, 2014 |
I'm not one for graphic novels at all. But the form works so well here. The simple blunt drawings fit the, well, blunt experiences. For a young teenage girl alone in a foreign land (Austria),still processing what happened in her homeland ... the encounters with first roommates, the mean adults, the pseudo-revolutionary peers, her mother's visit, the sponging first boyfriend, the harrowing weeks of homelessness, the weirdness of her old friends on returning to Tehran ... probably become seared in Marjane's mind in rather crude forms.

Certain phrases, certain belated realizations ...They probably became anecdotes that she polished over a long period of time to explain these parts of her life, if just to herself. Then they were ready to string into a tale.

I had sought out the first volume in the SF bookstore since it covers Marjane's experiences in the Iranian revolution and aftermath. While I would have preferred the first volume, this book probably tells a less familiar story: how do traumatized immigrants begin to knit together the past with the present,especially in a wholly strange land and in a strange language? What bits does one choose to fit in?

I'm confused by comments in a couple of other reviews. My volume, though called 2, comprises what were originally volumes 3 & 4 when published in French. ( )
  Periodista | Dec 8, 2013 |
Obligatory read after the first book, but more a what happened next. On reflection the first book was just too good to follow on the same level, but the story continues and two more to go ( )
  nyhoust | Nov 3, 2013 |
Marjane is now a teenager, has left Iran, and is attending school in Vienna. She feels isolated from her peers because they are rich and do not understand what her life was like in a "third-world country". She falls in with a crowd of anarchists who seem to idolize her for her expiriences, especially with death. They don't provide her with a sense of belonging any more than her rich classmates did. The isolation eventually crushes her, and she moves back to Iran. There, she has something in common with everyone: the fear and oppression of a religious extremist government.

This is really an amazingly accessible book. To a large extent Marjane's troubles are universal: she is a teenager who feels she does not fit in with anyone. She eventually comes around to the idea that the people she shares the most with are those she thought she shared the least with: her parents. At the same time, it's an incredible and emotional picture of Iran from inside, told from the perspective of an ordinary girl, with the assistance of simple drawings. These two graphic novels should be required reading for everyone. ( )
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Unlike the first book, it’s disjointed, tawdry, and unfocused. The story of her young adulthood doesn’t demonstrate the insight that made the first book so special.
 
May Satrapi continue to blend the personal and the political to such extraordinary effect.
added by stephmo | editBoston Globe, Carlo Wolff (Sep 14, 2004)
 
Ultimately, Persepolis 2 provides another valuable window into an alien (yet all too human) way of life, but it's a far more difficult book than Persepolis. A child who lets her harsh environment interfere with her empathy for others is understandable and tragic, but an adult with the same problem borders on distressing solipsism.
 
Satrapi's voice is very much her own, and the way the clash between European and Middle Eastern culture has played out in her life makes for compelling reading. What her book lacks, though, is perspective on the cultural revolution in which she and her circle lived (and sometimes died).
added by stephmo | editSlate, Douglas Wolk (Sep 7, 2004)
 
Still, her rebellious stunts never undermine Satrapi's unconditional love for her troubled homeland—which, in these times of religious fervor and political gain, resonates all the more poignantly.
 

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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.
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.
This edition is the second volume of the four volume set. Please do not combine with Persepolis: The Story of a Return which contains volumes 3 and 4.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375714669, Paperback)

Picking up the thread where her debut memoir-in-comics concluded, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return details Marjane Satrapi's experiences as a young Iranian woman cast abroad by political turmoil in her native country. Older, if not exactly wiser, Marjane reconciles her upbringing in war-shattered Tehran with new surroundings and friends in Austria. Whether living in the company of nuns or as the sole female in a house of eight gay men, she creates a niche for herself with friends and acquaintances who feel equally uneasy with their place in the world.

After a series of unfortunate choices and events leave her literally living in the street for three months, Marjane decides to return to her native Iran. Here, she is reunited with her family, whose liberalism and emphasis on Marjane's personal worth exert as strong an influence as the eye-popping wonders of Europe. Having grown accustomed to recreational drugs, partying, and dating, Marjane now dons a veil and adjusts to a society officially divided by gender and guided by fundamentalism. Emboldened by the example of her feisty grandmother, she tests the bounds of the morality enforced on the streets and in the classrooms. With a new appreciation for the political and spiritual struggles of her fellow Iranians, she comes to understand that "one person leaving her house while asking herself, 'is my veil in place?' no longer asks herself 'where is my freedom of speech?'"

Satrapi's starkly monochromatic drawing style and the keenly observed facial expressions of her characters provide the ideal graphic environment from which to appeal to our sympathies. Bereft of fine detail, this graphic novel guides the reader's attention instead toward a narrative rich with empathy. Don't be fooled by the glowering self-portrait of the author on the back flap; it’s nearly impossible to read Persepolis 2 without feeling warmth toward Marjane Satrapi. --Ryan Boudinot

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The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists continues her description of growing up in Tehran--a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.

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