Embroideries by Marjane SatrapiEmbroideries by Marjane Satrapi


byMarjane Satrapi

Paperback | April 18, 2006

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From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough–talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors for an afternoon of tea drinking and talking. Naturally, the subject turns to love, sex and the vagaries of men.

As the afternoon progresses, these vibrant women share their secrets, their regrets and their often outrageous stories about, among other things, how to fake one’s virginity, how to escape an arranged marriage, how to enjoy the miracles of plastic surgery and how to delight in being a mistress. By turns revealing and hilarious, these are stories about the lengths to which some women will go to find a man, keep a man or, most important, keep up appearances.

Full of surprises, this introduction to the private lives of some fascinating women, whose life stories and lovers will strike us as at once deeply familiar and profoundly different from our own, is sure to bring smiles of recognition to the faces of women everywhere—and to teach us all a thing or two.
Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran, and currently lives in Paris. She has written several children’s books and her commentary and comics appear in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times and The New Yorker. She is also the author of the internationally best-selling and award-winning comic bo...
Title:EmbroideriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.47 × 5.48 × 0.4 inPublished:April 18, 2006Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375714677

ISBN - 13:9780375714672

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from ''He's A Bit Ugly, But Compared To Her Ex-Husband, Who Used To Look Like an Old Sausage, He's A Real Filet Mignon'' In ''Embroideries'', Marjane Satrapi has created a wonderful graphic novel in which her closest friends and family members discuss about a variety of female and western topics, such as the stigma related to losing one's virginity, the truth about European men and the truth about marriage, which bring about a variety of emotions, from laughter, sadness and confusion. While combining her minimalist, yet telling artwork, Satrapi makes the reader feel part of this group of women, and is not treated as just a simple spectator. However, I have one complaint: this graphic novel was much too short: Satrapi's signature charm has made want to read more about this clan of women. And of course, Satrapi leaves us with this most enlightening quote: ''He's a bit ugly, but compared to her ex-husband, who looked like an old sausage, he's a real filet mignon''
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun read! An enjoyable and light read but not as good as the Persepolis books. Although to be fair, this book is quite a bit shorter. The art is still lovely though.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from "an amusing visual read" never expected to be visual drawings throughout the book. Funny insight into the lives of iranian women. A great "in-between" book.
Date published: 2009-03-05

Editorial Reviews

“Tantalizing . . . Bold, bewitchingly humorous and politically astute . . . A cheeky and knowing peek at the loves, sexual histories and marital secrets of . . . these beautiful and seductive women.” —Elle “Endearing . . . A wicked read.” —Los Angeles Times“Humorous and bawdy . . . An amusing portrayal of independent women taking life in stride.” —The Village Voice“Embroideries is as funny, opinionated, controversial and surprising as any good comic or conversation should be.” —Time.com“Subversive . . . Satrapi’s book is a mocking rebuke to the cult of chastity, and a statement about the way human passions find their way around the most determined repression.” —Salon“By turns bawdy and heartbreaking . . . Of all Satrapi’s books, Embroideries most effectively tears down the divide between Iranian and American culture, showing how women everywhere are similar.” —The Capital Times (Madison)