The Complete Persepolis

The Complete Persepolis

by Marjane Satrapi

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ISBN-13: 9780375714832
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Series: Pantheon Graphic Library Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 18,668
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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"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."
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Complete Persepolis 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 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.
pattiea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have never read a graphic novel before, but I suspect this won't be my last. The illustrations were beautiful, and the storyline was compelling and educational about the life of a Iran girl growing from girl to woman in times of her country's upheaval.
jocraddock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick and vibrant accounting in graphic novel (thick comic book) form of a young girl at the time of the Iranian "cultural revolution." As she searches for her purpose in life, the people of Iran search for their country's identity.
iammbb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graphic novels are weirdly effective.Or at least the two that I've read have been.They turn the normal reader/writer dynamic on its head. Rather than leaving the reader to imagine the visuals, the writer of the graphic novel leaves the reader to imagine the details, to connect the dots and fill in the story.Persepolis presents us with the memoir of a young girl who, in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, is sent to Europe to attend high school.In Iran, she's surrounded by loving family while navigating the difficult and dangerous fundamental society that was the result of the revolution. In Europe, she's immersed in the stable education system but is an adolescent alone with little in the way of adult guidance.Satrapi is too outspoken for the strict Iranian society and is too buttoned-up for the looser European society. When she moves from the streets of Tehran to the more familiar streets of Vienna, an environ which more closely resembles that with which I am acquainted, I felt her alienation even more keenly.From the Random House Pantheon website: 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.
Alirambles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not a fan of the graphic novel, but Satrapi's memoir, published in two parts beginning in 2004, is worth reading. Satrapi is an Iranian woman who grew up during the end of the Shah's regime, the beginning of Iran's Islamic Revolution, and its war with Iraq. The book illustrates her childhood from age 6, her exile at age 14 in Austria while her parents remain in Tehran, her return to Iran as a young woman struggling with depression and with her inability to fit in in either world. Alternately humorous and horrifying, this is an eye-opening account of the effect of the changes in the middle east on one neighborhood, one family, and one strong-willed young woman.
bmozanich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frank story. Marjane Satrapi uses black and white drawing and strong, emotional language to tell her story.
alanna1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this is the first graphic novel I have ever read and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was really well done and the author's life was worthy of being written about. I learned quite a bit about Iranian history too!
Colie025 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first adventure into graphic novels, and I have to say I loved it. I thought Marjane narrated with smart, sharp commentary, and explained the Iranian politics clearly. Her book is an excellent tribute to the Iranian culture, while also looking at its strengths and weaknesses with clear eyes. I laughed out loud, I was absorbed in the sad parts- excellent read. I'd love to meet her in person and have a glass of wine.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Recommended to me by multiple friends and coworkers, I read this book in just about a day. This is the third memoir/biography written as a graphic novel that I've read, and it was truly fantastic. Not only was the writing and drawling superb, but Marjane Satrapi's life makes for an excellent story. The Complete Persepolis describes Satrapi's life, from her early years living in Iran, to four years in Austria and then back in Iran. In many ways, I feel this book should be required reading for everyone over the age of 16. There's so much to learn -- about Iran, about growing up, about what love means. I thoroughly enjoyed Satrapi's graphic novel and cannot wait to see the film version.
DanaJean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marjane Satrapi has done an excellent job with this coming-of-age tale set in revolutionary Iran. I particularly liked the fact that she did this as a graphic novel (comic book style for those not familiar with the medium)--I think its potential to reach across the age spectrum is better this way, and I think crucial for future change. Although we see the struggles of Iran through her eyes, she does not just focus on the rights of woman, but of all Iranians.Since she starts the story as a child and moves through her teenage years to adulthood, I found it fitting that she used this format to try to reach as many different ages as possible. Especially that younger audience. This is an important story and a refreshing way to spread understanding of another culture and it's ideology. This could have been very textbooky but she kept it very honest and I loved how she showed us her development--warts and all. And, it also teaches us that not everyone is a robot and tows the party line. There are the hardliners; and then there are people fighting and dying for change. And this happens everywhere. I think it was brilliant that she did this as a graphic novel because it will get in the hands of younger people and they are the future as corny as that sounds. They will be the ones to continue the fight for the freedoms for all people. I also saw the movie which was the winner of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. Nicely done.She was a girl growing up under extraordinary conditions that most of us will never be able to really grasp. It made me realize that the media loves to focus on the extremists and the bad stories, but there are many good people fighting for basic rights that most of us take for granted. They just want to live a safe and free life like everyone else.I highly recommend this.
unlikelyaristotle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent graphic novel. I've never read one before, but I'm bound to read more in the future, if they're half as good as this one. The images helped to convey some things which I guess words sometimes cannot, but obviously the only real way to understand it would be to live it. However, I have many Iranian friends, all of whom have (or had) lives in Iran which genuinely relate to this story on some level. The one who recommended me kept on pointing out so many different parts of the story which were so true to her. I enjoyed the first part more than the second, for reasons which I myself am not quite aware. But all in all, it was a fascinating journey, this woman's life, and a real education.
mzonderm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's tempting to say that Satrapi chose to write her memoir as a graphic novel because she's not very good at narrative writing, but to say that would be to completely undercut what this book has to offer. Satrapi tells her story through brief narration and elegant black and white drawings, illustrating the repression in Iran (veiled women and bearded men drawn with no mouths) and the freedom of Europe.Satrapi takes us from her childhood in Iran under the Shah through her experiences during the Islamic Revolution. Her parents send her to Austria when she is 14, and she stays there for 4 years. An outsider in Austria, she returns to Iran, only to continue to feel like an outsider, because she did was not in the country through most of the Iran-Iraq war, and therefore didn't suffer through the bombings and terror that her fellow Iranians did.Back in Iran, Satrapi continues to be a rebel, but is able to enroll in college to get her degree in graphic arts. Throughout this section of the book, she depicts her personal struggle to reconcile her values with her life in Iran, and to find meaning in her life. She discovers that, for her, meaning comes through education, both personal and institutional, and leaves Iran again to pursue her studies in France.Through both her drawings and her words, Satrapi tells not just her own story, but that of others affected by the repression in Iran. That this is a graphic novel gives the reader the feeling of a special insider's look into that world.
blackhornet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was expecting this to be much more a book about an individual's battle against a fundamentalist regime, so was pleasantly surprised to find it more a tale of family life and struggle within such a regime, but with the regime very much in the background of the tale. Why should that make it a better book? Because it's all about how life goes on, how people find ways to resist and overcome the idiocy of fundamentalist doctrine. That isn't to say that the people always come out on top. Many of the authors relatives and friends of her family die during the course of the narrative. But ultimately it is a story of hope and overcoming, of the domaninance of the normal.The illustrations are fantastic. The style seems perfectly suited ot the Iranian context, emotions that would take a page of prose to capture, often relayed in a single picture.My one quibble is with the lack of context given to the author's own family. Yes, clearly they are well connected, clearly they are wealthy by Iranian standards, but how exactly did they survive with a relatively high standard of living during the regime? How wealthy were they before it started? How wealthy were they by the end of the novel? How were they able to sustain holidays abroad etc? It's of interest just because as someone looking in on an unknown landscape, I'd like to know the economic foundations of life carrying on with some of the trappings of more prosperous times.
gillis.sarah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marjane Satrapi's story is really fascinating, and the way she portrays it in 'Persepolis' makes it even more interesting. When I first read 'Persepolis', I think it was the first graphic novel I had ever read. Add that to the fact that it's a graphic novel about a totalitarian regime, and it becomes still more interesting.
LJuneOsborne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This will definitely be one of my permanent favorites. Heartfelt to a painful degree, Marjane is deeply relatable, and retains her humanity despite abnormal circumstances.The artwork is crisp and clean, managing to be simple without being childlike.Engaging and informational, this is one of those books that you find you cannot put down. This would be a great way to introduce a more serious reader to graphic novels!
ankhet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's coming-of-age story. Starting in 1979, Marji is 9 and the Islamic Revolution is about to start in Iran. Persepolis follows Marji through the next 15 years of her life, through war and peace, adolescence, her teen years, into young adulthood and marriage (and out of it). We follow her from Iran to Austria and back, in and out of relationships and through it all we watch her struggle to realize who she is despite - or because - of her background, religion, and surroundings.There were times I wanted to cry for Marji, cheer for her braveness, slap her for her cowardice, and just plain hide from the regime I could sense around every corner, looking for a stray hair from beneath her veil or the wrong color socks beneath her trousers.Persepolis is amazing. At once simple and complex, it manages in 340 pages of words and pictures to capture what no novel could ever do: the experience of growing up Iranian during one of the most violent and terrifying periods of the 20th century.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the first of the two, we get the life of young Marjane from the time of the shah, to the attack by Iraq. Marjane's family try to explain to this little girl about her family's royal history, her family friends' experiences in prison, and her new role as a young woman in an Islamic state. By the end of book one, Marjane is on her way to Austria, both to escape the conflict in Iran, and also to go to school.In book two, Marjane grows from a young teen, into a near adult. She begins living in a convent, but is soon cast from home to home. From her life in Austria, she meets people who have different political views, who have different codes of morality, and who have had little experience with death and war as she has. Over time, Marjane becomes disillusioned with the person she has been turned into while living in Europe and returns to Iran, where she later marries and struggles against the strong Islamic rule being forced on its citizens.Altogether, I thought Marjane's coming of age during the conflict in Iran and through the new Islamic control of the region to be brilliantly and poignantly discussed in her two graphic novels. These two novels covered issues of history in the region, discussed moral laws imposed on the nation, discussed the view of the West as imposed on the East, and many other tough issues of nation and culture. Overall, I think these graphic novels are very well done, and give the reader a great view of Iran and its culture.
alexandraleaving on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My dream is to one day have the most awesome graphic novel collection in the entire universe. I'm not so much into manga (which I find as too "samey") or superhero comics (which seem a bit too juvenile). What I really love are the autobiographical graphic novels. The Complete Persepolis was the first such novel I bought for my collection and remains one of my most treasured. Marjane Satrapi's memoirs of growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran and subsequently escaping the oppressive regime to live in Europe as a teenager is sometimes tragic, sometimes whimsical, but always compelling. I love this book!
StoutHearted on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marjane brings the perspective of a child coming of age amidst the Iranian Revolution. Through her, we see Iran behind the scenes, what we don't see on CNN. In the first half, we see little instances of rebellion and black-market dealing, instances of joy, as well as instances of fear. The second half sees Marjane shuttled off to Austria for her own safety and it becomes a fish-out-of-water tale. Without parents or restrictive laws, Marjane spirals out of control until she needs to come back to Iran and center herself. Even then, however, her years-long absence causes her to feel out of place in what should have been home. In this way, it also examines a person's relationship to place, and how setting imprints on the soul.For those who cannot conceived of Iran as anything but a backwards terrorist haven that mistreats their citizens, this graphic novel brings alive the spirit of Persia and its people in all its forms.
lukespapa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first graphic novel and I must say it took a while getting used to; I would equate the experience with watching a subtitled film. The book details the coming of age story of Marjane Satrapi at the time of the Iranian Revolution. There are universalities to some of her experiences while others are unique to her situation in time and place. Readers can learn and benefit from both perspectives. At the very least, I felt that the author's work served to remind us that we all have a story to tell.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel is an autobiography, telling Marjane Satrapi¿s coming of age story from the time she is a little girl until she is 24. It begins with her as a young child, at the time of the 1979 Iranian revolution, and thus covers a lot of heavy political and historical ground. At age 14, with Iran engaged in a war with Iraq, Marjane¿s parents ship her off to school in Vienna for her protection. In Vienna, Marjane drifts aimlessly, feeling like an outsider no matter what she does. Homesick and missing her family, she later returns to a much-changed, but now war-free, Tehran. However, she finds that her upbringing as an independent thinker is at odds with the traditionalist society. The book ends with her departing for a new life in France. (I suppose there is not much else she could have done for the ending, but I wanted more!). As I¿ve already mentioned, the book covers a lot of deep themes, including philosophical, political, and religious issues. I appreciate how candid Satrapi is in her writing, and I enjoyed how she managed to make the story light-hearted and funny at times, even when it had the potential to border on downright depressing. The drawings are pretty basic and cartoonish, but somehow this actual works to make the story more poignant. Satrapi¿s fierce, independent streak is refreshing, and I think this book could help a lot of ignorant Americans (I include myself in this category) learn a bit more about a culture that tends to be dismissed by the West.
CChristophersen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great way for anyone to get a new fresh perspective on the real Iran. There is so much media misconceptions and stereotypes of this country. Persepholis's is a comming of age story in a very difficult time. The reader finds that the author was not so different than other young girls who are trying to find their way and grow up. Very eyeopening and real. Her second story is for a more mature reader.
kswanteck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good introduction to different types of literature, being that it is a graphic novel. It also exposes students to a topic that isn't covered very much in high school.