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Persepolis II: The Story of a Return

by Marjane Satrapi

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Series: Persepolis (Omnibus 3-4)

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In Persepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day," Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir-in-comic-strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging. Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran. As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is another clear-eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism. In its depiction of the struggles of growing up--here compounded by Marjane's status as an outsider both abroad and at home--it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating.… (more)
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 Made into a Movie: Persepolis 1 & 27 unread / 7Aquila, July 2008

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  eshaundo | Jan 7, 2023 |
I liked it, but not nearly as much as the first volume. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
Even better than Persepolis. Satrapi recounts her growth from a teenager to a young adult. While one may not be able to relate directly with the situations, the issues she faces are issues many face. Drugs, relationships, friends, family, identity, politics, are just a few Satrapi discusses. This comic does an extraordinary job showcasing how her beliefs in herself, and in society change and most importantly how she fights for her rights as a woman, as a human.

Intertwined in this personal story of growth is the historical context of Iran. Told from the perspective of someone who has experienced different Irans and who ultimately has to decide how her country aligns with her path. The conflict between her longing for Iran and her idealogies plays throughout.

Wonderfully illustrated and written! Thank you for sharing your incredible journey Marjane! ( )
  sksuryadevara | Mar 25, 2022 |
Both this book and its predecessor Persepolis led me somewhere I had never been. I was a young adult, not much older than Marjane, when the events of these books happened. And half a world away. Reading her story has shown me perspectives that I couldn't have imagined clearly when I was younger.

Although 40 years, give or take, have passed since the book's events, it is even more relevant today. ( )
  Brenda_Nix_Lively | Mar 20, 2022 |

The sequel lacked the charm of the original but still had enough momentum to earn 4 stars.

Marjane goes to Austria! She now has the freedom to take off her veil and unveil herself away from Iranian fundamentalist. But what will she do with it? ( )
  wellington299 | Feb 19, 2022 |
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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.
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In Persepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day," Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir-in-comic-strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging. Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran. As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is another clear-eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism. In its depiction of the struggles of growing up--here compounded by Marjane's status as an outsider both abroad and at home--it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating.

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