Nylon Road: A Graphic Memoir of Coming of Age in Iran

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In the tradition of graphic memoirs such as Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, comes the story of a young Iranian woman’s struggles with growing up under Shiite Law, her journey into adulthood, and the daughter whom she had to leave behind when she left Iran. NYLON ROAD is a window into the soul of a culture that we are still struggling to understand. Beautifully told, poignant, this is a powerful work about the necessity of freedom.

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Advance Praise for Nylon Road:

“NYLON ROAD is an engaging and entertaining journey into Islamic Iranian culture through the eyes of young professional woman. It is a window into the transformation of Iran from a pro-western country into the abyss of Islamic totalitarianism. The writer brilliantly takes you into her life and shows you how that affected her life and makes the case for the importance of democracy and freedom.” - Brigitte Gabriel, New York Times Bestselling author of They Must Be Stopped

"Parsua Bashi is one of those compelling voices who rarely get heard in the mass media, but who can sing her poignant song loud and clear through the intimate medium of the graphic novel."

- Paul Gravett, author of Holy Sh*t! and the bestselling author Manga

“Parsua Bashi weaves personal experience with Iranian history and, without coming

Library Journal
Bashi's "nylon road"—a play on the Silk Road, that ancient caravan route crossing Persia—led her to Europe at age 38. Bashi follows a boyfriend to Switzerland, where she is ambushed by a succession of former selves at different ages, all reacting to her new European life. This device frames Bashi's internal conflicts in a way both lighthearted and intense as she comes to terms with living in a Westernized country. Through flashbacks, we learn about the Islamic Revolution, her marriage to a repressive man and their subsequent divorce—she gave up her child as the price—and her later career as a successful designer. Perhaps her teenage Marxism, the Shiite fundamentalist repression that followed, and Westerners' obsession with "trivial" pop trends all overly suppress individuality. Bashi never does draw conclusions but comes to embrace her many selves while leaving readers to ponder. The stylish, two-toned art brings to mind Cancer Vixen. VERDICT A perceptive and nuanced take on repression, freedom, and women's lives; recommended for teens and up. Also, an excellent readalike for Persepolis.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312532864
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Parsua Bashi was born in 1966 in Teheran, and her work has been displayed in various exhibitions and has received many awards. She has lived in Zurich since 2004. Nylon Road is her first graphic novel.

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