Persepolis

Persepolis

Graphic Novel - 2003
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An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi--the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor--bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane's child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2003]
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780375422300
0375422307
Branch Call Number: GN SATR
Characteristics: 153 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Turned into an animated film, Satrapi's award-winning memoir covers her life from ages six to fourteen in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the effects the war had on her, her family, and her home.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 06, 2019

The book Persepolis is a far cry from my preferred genre of non-fiction fantasy. And perhaps that’s just as well considering I read it for school. But nonetheless, it’s a well done book, especially considering it’s a graphic novel. It follows the author, Marjane Satrapi’s life, following the Iranian dictatorship regime, the following theocracy and war, and how she and her family lived through it.
It’s full of symbolism and metaphors, which is really interesting, and it improves the enjoyment of reading if you notice them, else I’m just imagining things from my repeated analyses of the book. It’s not for people like me, who don’t enjoy slow or fiction stories, despite it being less factual and more about Marjane’s familial and mental struggles in her childhood. The book is not really graphically appealing, as it kind of finds a weird and uncomfortable mix between complete cartooning, and more realistic drawings.
I honestly don’t think I do recommend it, just because of my own personal preferences, and I generally consider myself a fan of graphic novels. That’s not, however, to say it’s a bad book, I think it’s well done, just not my cup of tea, didn’t like it. Personal opinion: don’t read it. From a reviewing point of view: 3/5.
@Xeno of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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SusyHendrix
Oct 05, 2019

Wonderful memoir. I actually liked the art style, which everyone else seems to be put off by. The mix of tragedy and humor reminded me of MAUS.

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swathikilingaru
Sep 29, 2019

Best memoir 🙏🏼👌🏻👌🏻 In graphic style. It is written in funny way. 🙏🏼.

I loved this graphic novel so much that I bought it. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve been told that it is just the moving version of the book – exactly the same. It details Marjane Satrapi’s childhood, from the age of six to fourteen, in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. (submitted by JF)

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maxmillan
Oct 09, 2018

This book help me understand the negative Islamic rule with the simple perspective of a modern youth.

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danielestes
Aug 27, 2018

This is a review of The Complete Persepolis.

The artwork in The Complete Persepolis is okay, but Marjane's personal account more than makes up for it. And as far as I'm concerned, if the narrative > artwork, it's a win for me. One could argue that Persepolis wouldn't work if the drawings were too neat or more elegant. The tone would likely suffer.

As for the story, it's surprisingly down to earth. There's a revolution going on but from Marjane's viewpoint it's very day-to-day. When reading Persepolis try to notice how even though the places are foreign for many of us they only seem foreign if Marjane feels like a fish out of water. For example, her childhood in Iran feels normal-ish despite a war going on around her. Conversely, her return to Iran as a young adult feels completely alien precisely because Mariane feels like she's not of the culture anymore. Intended or not, this touch of POV verisimilitude, more than anything else, likely propelled Persepolis to becoming an international success.

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Indoorcamping
Apr 06, 2018

Not a book I would have picked up and read, not in a million years. I've never read graphic anything, not really interested in Persian culture or history, never heard of any of these issues.

I guess that makes me the exact person who should read this. And I did. And it was amazing. It blew my mind. I read it in a day. The whole thing. I lived it, breathed it, couldn't forget it.

This young woman is my hero. Someone who stands up for justice, in circumstances so deadly, who pushes for what's right, who takes advantage of opportunities and calls out wrongs, this is someone who I can enjoy. The writing is adorable and gorgeous, which is not something normally said of graphic novels, I'm guessing, but much comes through the clear and well-expressed choice of words.

Now when Iran is in the news, I think of this story, this woman, this history, and every person who has to live in a country with a devastatingly horrible government. Life is good, life is difficult, life is full of all kinds of people. This woman is incredible, and strong, and heroic.

SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

Illustrator Satrapi recounts her childhood in Iran, as the only daughter of a progressive family during the Islamist Revolution. Balancing atrocities with humor, this is an eye-opening and fast read. This is a good choice for readers trying out their first graphic novel.

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Nyadenya
Dec 20, 2017

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi; although an educational non-fiction graphic-novel, it lacks the story-telling blueprint and unlike other stories with excellent illustrations to back the writing-this story lacks outstanding pictures. The conflict of Persepolis: the Story of a Childhood is of, the Shah of Iran stealing Persepolis's grandfather's princely power and giving him {the grandfather} the title of prime-minister. What Satrapi neglected to introduce in the beginning of her historic-graphic-novel are the main characters. Is the conflict resolved? Persepolis is written by Satrapi saying; " The day he {the shah} left, the country had the biggest celebration of its entire history"! None-the-less, once one conflict ends; another begins. On page 43 of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, begins the conflict of the United States of America's president named Jimmy Carter showing a greedy interest in the oil of Persia/Iran. As a pro-life/environmentalist, I volunteer with Live-Blue Services at the New England Aquarium in order to clean up the environment locally in Boston. I know-second-hand; by watching videos at the Belmont Hill School, about Ken Sarowiwa in Biafra-Land that the United States has always had a vested interest in coup-de-tats and oil. As former president, Barack Obama supported a coup-de-tat in Honduras in the year 2009, I expect that Boston will be hearing more about migrants and the environment. To end on a good note though; the last time I checked-Elon Musk's electric-Tesla-Company was green, in the market (I believe).

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modestgoddess
Jan 05, 2017

My husband grew up in Tehran - before the revolution. His parents sent him to university in Canada and he never went back. I was curious to read this to learn more about Iran - and it was a compelling and frightening glimpse into a world, once civilized, gone crazy. Really shows the impact of the revolution on normal/ordinary people, and how insane a corrupt power can be. The drawings are wonderful and the tale, though horrific in places and hard to take in, is presented in a palatable way.... "Palatable" is not really the word I'm looking for but I can't think how else to phrase it. Hard to read, but possible to read - perhaps that's what I mean. A coming-of-age story set in a time and place where the government, such as it was, became more infantile and controlling - growing up in a country that is dumbing down.

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csrestall
Jun 23, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Depicts war time/death

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csrestall
Jun 23, 2016

Coarse Language: minor swears

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csrestall
Jun 23, 2016

This is a graphic novel from the perspective of a young girl living in Iran during the time of the Iranian War, and the changing of regimes during that time. the change from modernity to Islamic law. This novel deals with the issues that this girl faces and her subsequent departure to Austria.

deelitch Dec 14, 2014

Iran.. in graphic comic book style, from the viewpoint of a young girl growing up in Tehran. Brilliant.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 03, 2012

I have recently finished a book called, "Persepolis" by Satrapi Marjane, a memoir. In this book the protagonist is Marji, she is a young girl who lives with her parents. Her parents would go into the streets at night and protest with others that have the same race as her because they didn’t like how they were treated and etc. The setting which it mostly took place is in Iran. Marji has to whear this veil in school, so they started a cultural revolution in Iran so that is when her parents started to protest in the streets.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 30, 2010

Memoir told in comic-strip format of Marjane's girlhood in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.

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