The Complete Persepolis

The Complete Persepolis

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by Marjane Satrapi
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran, Persepolis provides a unique glimpse into a nearly unknown and unreachable way of life... That Satrapi chose to tell her remarkable story as a gorgeous comic book makes it totally unique and indispensable."
Time
Library Journal
06/01/2014
In her portrayal of her childhood in Tehran, young adulthood in an Austrian school, and eventual return to Iran, Satrapi exemplifies that heroic ideal of not simply surviving a life-threatening situation but bearing witness to it by sharing it with the world. Her simple yet evocative art perfectly captures what is unique yet universally human about her story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375714832
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
10,323
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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From the Publisher
"A memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran, Persepolis provides a unique glimpse into a nearly unknown and unreachable way of life... That Satrapi chose to tell her remarkable story as a gorgeous comic book makes it totally unique and indispensable."
Time

Meet the Author

Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris, where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including The New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is the author of Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, and several children's books. She cowrote and codirected the animated feature film version of Persepolis.

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Complete Persepolis 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised to have thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have given up looking down my nose at graphic novels. This was a fantastic and engaging depiction of the Iranian Revolution. Read all the news articles you want about this troubled country, but you will not get the insight that Ms. Satrapi conveys in Persepolis. This should make its way into the hands of every American with preconceptions of Iran and its people. I cannot wait to see the film!
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
Persepolis is a graphic memoir about Marjane Satrapi, a young “modernized” girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution. Due to the trials of being an outspoken modern girl in this oppressive regime, she must leave her family and live alone in Austria to finish her education. There, she loses herself before finally coming to terms with her own identity. It was a heartbreaking memoir. The story and art were very dark, but humorous as well. I thought this book would be for young adults, but feel it would appropriate only for a VERY mature teenager. It has topics such as torture, rape, violence, and drugs. It was very educational about the revolutionary regime, though I don’t know how biased it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The graphic novel memoir The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is an excellent, well-written read. Every time I put it down, I found myself yearning to pick it up again. Marjane¿s entire life from growing up as a young child in Iran to the present day as a full grown adult in France is depicted through strange but beautiful drawings in the format of a very long cartoon, making it appealing to the eye and all the more interesting. In the book, as the rebelious Marjane Satrapi grows into an adult woman, you can see how through the many troubling bad times she has been through, she becomes proud of who she is and her background and culture. This deep and passionate story is recommended to all young adults and adults interested in lives of children growing up in revolutionary Iran. This unique and uplifting story of the struggles and achievements in the life of a courageous Iranian woman is sure to bring out the rebel in all who partake in reading it, ready to stand up for what is right.
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
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.
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OSachodeKansas More than 1 year ago
I am not particularly fond of the artwork, although I respect the author's stylistic choices. The story, on the other hand, is engaging and good, especially taking into account that it is based on real facts. Highly recommended if you are interested in autobiographical graphic novels or in contemporary Middle East history and culture.
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crazysuz123 More than 1 year ago
i was wondering if this complete persepolis included the first and second stories in it
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cecexoxo More than 1 year ago
Marjane Satrapi's book Persepolis is phenomenal. She talks about the issues that so many people face. The fact that it is a graphic novel only adds to the amazement of this book. I am one who personally can not stand pictures in books, but this story was the exception. I recommend this book to everyone especially young girls intersted in seeing how other girls there age live.
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SJWReads More than 1 year ago
This is such a moving memoir, it should be required reading. While the story offers a personal insight to the last 30 years of Iran's history, it really is a story that we can all relate to. It is about growing up, discovering who you are and being true to that person. For anybody who feels as though they have lost their way, Persepolis reminds us that it is never too late to return to our chosen path. It is Marjane Setrapi's brutal honesty in the recounting of her story that makes this graphic novel such a great read. I was unaware that a graphic novel could be so poignant.
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brenda4675 More than 1 year ago
The book was very inspiring, with detail it retold her daily struggles. It brough out the truth about Terhan and their people, it gave another side of the story. Marjanes character brough exciment to the story. IT tells the story of marjanes life as a litttle girl and as shes growing up. You can rellate to what is happening in the book!! Its a must have for any age group!!!!
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IrishSharky More than 1 year ago
I did not read graphic novels for many years before this came out. I have since started to read the genre. This is a story of the life of an Iranian woman, mistakes and triumphs, joys and miseries. I would recommend this to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story and found it so insightful about the human condition. I learned so much about Iranian culture and history in a fun and engaging format. I feel like I better understand the complicated relationship America has with Iran today. I am an American falling in love with the Persian culture and people. This book is essential reading if you want to understand what is happening in Iran!
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