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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s 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 ...

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Overview

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s 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 and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. 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 reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with 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.

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Here is the continuation of Marjane Satrapi's 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375423963
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Edition description: SLIPCASE
  • Sales rank: 119,227
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    Innovative

    I first heard of persepolis in a article in the new york times, unfortunatley i did not think twice to actually read the article, soon after i viewed a trailer for the movie on television i thought that it looked like a pretty intresting movie so i jotted down the title in the back of my notebook. THEN one day i was sitting on a crowded bus when the most wonderful thing happened!!!! i saw a woman reading a book titled persepolis....i had no idea that the movie was based on a book and not just a book but on the accounts of an actual person's life. i thought how awesome is this (let me say that i am obssesed with memoirs and 1st person narrative books,...and now graphic novels!) for the whole day i could not get this book out of my head.... i saved the money and purchased the book on bn.com, got it yesterday and have been addicted to it ever since. this book is very inovative and the comic strip format allows for a better visualization, although i've just started reading persepolis 1, i am already in love with it, in no time i was on page 60 and already excited about what more was to come, i can't wait to finish and read persepolis 2 and then hopefully see the movie,. This book is a must read for EVERYONE!!!

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

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    After reading Maus, I was recommended to check out another nonfi

    After reading Maus, I was recommended to check out another nonfiction graphic novel set: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  

    Persepolis is a set of 2 books, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, that tell Marjane's story. 

    Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is about Marjane's life as a child growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.  It's complicated, dark at time, yet funny, too.  Marjane isn't a "perfect child" - she's real, hilarious, and outgoing.  Marjane experiences life being rich and free, with religious changes forcing girls into burkas and the lack of interaction with boys.

    Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return begins in 1984 when Marjane flees Iran to spend years in Vienna, without her family.  Marjane struggles with her identity, becoming a follower amongst her friends, and even dealing drugs a little bit at one point.  When her life becomes kind of hopeless, she ends up returning to Iran to be with her family, even though the rules are stifling her.  

    These graphic novels were easy to read and understand.  I feel like Marjane's story is relatable and also informative.  At times, I was confused about some of the history, but she tries to explain what happens when in a simple way.  

    I still think that the Maus books should be your first graphic novel experience, if you are new and want to try, but these are a great nonfiction second!

    Thanks for reading, 

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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