Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

April 29, 2003|
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
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BEST SELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK "A memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran.... That Satrapi chose to tell her remarkable story as a gorgeous comic book makes it totally unique and indispensable." —Time

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s best-selling graphic 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.

Heather's Review

This book is unbelievable – call it the "thinking person's comic book." I have read many coming-of-age stories but never one set against the historic backdrop of a society undergoing a shift from liberal democracy to extreme fundamentalism. This is moving, eye-opening, and powerful reading.

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Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycée Français before leaving for Vienna and then going to Strasbourg to study illustration. She currently lives in Paris, where she is at work on the sequel to Persepolis and where her illustrations appear regularly in newspapers and magaz...
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Title:Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:160 pages, 9.12 X 6.32 X 0.67 in
Shipping dimensions:160 pages, 9.12 X 6.32 X 0.67 in
Published:April 29, 2003
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780375422300

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