The Complete Persepolis: Now a Major Motion Picture

Paperback | October 30, 2007

byMarjane 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 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.

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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...

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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."--Time

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 f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.82 × 6.02 × 1.03 inPublished:October 30, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375714839

ISBN - 13:9780375714832

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerful Autobiographical Tale in Graphic Novel Form, THE COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS brings together in one softbound volume two graphic novels published earlier in English (translated from French): PERSEPOLIS 1 - THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD, and PERSEPOLIS 2 - THE STORY OF A RETURN. As a single volume, Ms. Satrapi's work reads as a seamless story of an Iranian woman's maturation from a young girl in the Shah's (and Ayatollah Khomeini's) Iran to her high school years in Austria, back to the Iran attacked by Saddam Hussein and then transformed into a fundamentalist Islamic state, and finally back again to Europe as a young adult. The book's title is borrowed from the name of ancient Persia's ceremonial capital, dating back some 2,500 years, although Persepolis is in fact the Greek translation of the original Persian name, Parsa. The story is strictly autobiographical, rendered as a memoir of childhood and young adulthood. Satrapi begins her story at age ten, the daughter of well-educated and well-off parents who put a premium on their daughter's religious and academic independence. Marjane's parents prod their pre-adolescent daughter toward a liberal education and encourage her to speak out. However, being a rebel against oppression in Iran leads inevitably to trouble and expulsion from school. Her parents recourse is to pack young Marjane off to Austria, isolated and alone in a foreign and far more secular culture. A series of mostly negative experiences leads her back to her homeland and an unsuccessful marriage during the early years of Iran's fundamentalist revolution with its growing religious oppression. When the young adult Marjane and her parents finally realize that her future lies not in Iran but in Europe, she heads off to France where she still lives today. Ms. Satrapi characterizes herself as the perennial outsider wherever she lives. As a young girl, political and religious events contradict her upbringing and isolate her from the accepted beliefs and behaviors. The author conveys her childhood desperation by repeated depictions of herself talking to an ancient, white-bearded God, even cradled in his arms. She is even more the outsider in Austria, forever fumbling in her discoveries of Western culture only to become enslaved by some of its worst features. Returning to Iran after her high school years, Marjane is too Westernized to be Iranian, yet still too Iranian to feel Western. The author's journey to self-discovery and finding her true home serves as the core of her story, punctuated by her departures and arrivals. In fact, some of the most dramatic scenes in THE COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS take place at airports. Satrapi's black-and-white cartooning emphasizes contrast over detail. Indeed, her drawings of people are exceedingly simplified, lacking in all except the basic features necessary to portray a character. This simplicity works, as it stands in stark contrast to the complexity of Iran's constantly changing social, political, and religious structures as well as the complexity of the author's own life and the choices she faced. These minimalist renderings, hardly more detailed than Schulz's "Peanuts" characters, create an even greater dissonance when their childlike simplicity clashes with the horrors of war and the Iranian government's seizures and executions of many of its citizens. The reader is so effectively lulled into this seemingly benign, comic book world that Satrapi's occasional dropping of an expletive into her character's thoughts or words has the force of a slap in the face. When young Marjane returns home to see the dead, braceleted arm of one of her neighborhood friends (killed by one of Saddam Hussein's missiles) extending from her wrecked home, the author resorts to the powerful simplicity of a completely black panel captioned, "No scream in the world could have relieved my suffering and my anger." There is a natural temptation to compare PERSEPOLIS to Art Spiegelman's MAUS I and MAUS II. However, I believe the Maus books are sui generis, allegorical tales whose use of mice and cats puts Spiegelman's books in a class of their own. By contrast, Satrapi's PERSEPOLIS novels are autobiographical volumes rendered in illustrated form to trace an Iranian woman's struggle to find herself while still loving a country from which she feels irretrievably estranged. Satrapi's and Spiegelman's work complement one another and demonstrate the emotional power graphical novels are increasingly finding ways to achieve.
Date published: 2012-01-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Misleading Piece of Bias Logic This book did nothing but further slander the Islamic religion and culture. For those who have no prior knowledge of the religion, this book will make Satrapi's interpretation of Islam seem cruel and sexist towards women. She relies heavily on the most extreme form of believers to draw sympathy, while dismissing beliefs and core values behind symbolic concepts such as the veil. The book portrays the culture and religion in a way that is not only one-sided and bias, but also the foundation for racism and stereotyping. If you choose to read this book, I highly recommend not taking away anything about Islam as she has written it.
Date published: 2011-04-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay - didn't live up to the hype This graphic novel features the coming-of-age of Marjane, during the turbulent Islamic Revolution in Iran. I wanted to like this book...I really did. Perhaps the graphic aspect made important and tragic events seem trivial, or maybe I'm just super desensitized, but I wasn't moved at all. The book starts with Marjane as a young child, revealing how Iran used to be, before the Islamic Revolution. It details her life when she left (for safety and better educational opportunities) for Austria, and her return to Iran. The author tries to both inform the reader about the Islamic Revolution and give her thoughts about it. I'm finding myself with a loss for words (which, if you know me at ALL, indicates a profound moment)...I just simply didn't really like the book. One redeeming quality was that occasionally, throughout the book, the author/graphic design artist would really let loose and give us a tiny masterpiece (I found these rare gems more moving than any of the text).
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I bought this book and finished it in two days. I literally laughed and cried in my bed until the wee hours of the morning to finish it. The story is terrifying, funny, charming, ellusive - capturing all of the univeral and contradictory emotions of growing up, yet set in a foreign and difficult political climate I knew little about. I was't sure I would like the comic strip style, but it added a great deal to the book - making it accessible, but also adding emphasis and weight to the text. I would highly reccomend this book, esepcially to young women - it is an inspiring and beautiful read.
Date published: 2009-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read this! 1. an amazing book from start to finish, amazing characters and story 2. i always cry when i read her uncle's story when he asked her to visit him in prison before his execution 3. certainly eye opening, really informs the reader about life in iran (about wars and religion) 4. this woman is truely outspoken and brave considering what could have been done to her 5. worth reading every word. seriously.
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opening Considering the relative lack of information available (especially from the public level) about Iran, and modern Iranian culture, this work is excellent in both its scope as a primary source of history and as evidence to the minority political, social and cultural oposistion which continues to exist in Iran. In terms of its historical acuracy, one should keep in mind that the opinions expressed by Ms. Satrapi are her own, and considering that this is a memoir, her personal interpretation of history is going to be the one represented. Also consider that the first half of the book, she is obviouisly going to be ideologically influenced by both her country's history and her parents influence, the way any child would be. Aside from its use as a memoir, it is a fantastic piece of graphic littterature, using a classic style and weaving an engrossing tale with subtely and earnestness. A great addition to any library of graphic literature
Date published: 2008-06-16

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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."