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Persepolis Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
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"As Iran enters another important period of change...I think this is particularly good time to pick up Persepolis. Satrapi's deceptively simple, almost whimsical drawings belie the seriousness and rich complexity of her story - but its also very funny too" (Emma Watson Our Shared Shelf)
"A revelation...you will remember it for a very long time" (Mark Haddon)
"Persepolis is a stylish, clever and moving weapon of mass destruction" (David Jenkins Sunday Telegraph)
"The magic of Marjane Satrapi's work is that it can condense a whole country's tragedy into one poignant, funny scene after another" (Natasha Walter Independent on Sunday)
"I cannot praise enough Marjane Satrapi's moving account of growing up as a spirited young girl in revolutionary and war-time Iran. Persepolis is disarming and often humorous but ultimately it is shattering" (Joe Sacco)
`A mordantly funny chronicle of the author's childhood in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran.'
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Marjane Satrapi’s narration is engaging, you get to know her and her life really well. I learned so much from Persepolis. During the first half of the book (when Marji is a child) there are explanations about what was going on in Tehran at that time, as well the history behind this. When Marji returns from Austria the public vs private life personas continue to be opposite. People are being watched all the time. I think the below quote from Persepolis is fitting:
The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
Are my trousers long enough?’
Is my veil in place?’
Can my make-up be seen?’
Are they going to whip me?’
No longer asks herself:
Where is my freedom of thought?’
Where is my freedom of speech?’
My life, is it livable?’
What’s going on in the political prisons?”
If you haven’t read any graphic novels before then let this be the one to start. Don’t like history or memoirs? I think Persepolis might just convince you otherwise.
This is a very eloquently told and illustrated account of what I would imagine a lot of young Iranians must have experienced, and, I imagine, a lot of young Muslims, particularly those living in Western capitalist countries must equally feel today in terms of their own personal and cultural identities.
Marjane had an usual childhood, she is the daughter of radical Marxists so was brought up to challenge the unfair status quo. She shows that Iranian girls have all the same interests as girls across the world, yet she balances it with the effects of having to wear a veil in public.
I was really shocked by some of the stories, how people went missing or were killed for what seemed like petty crimes. This really does bring home the conditions which women have to endure in Middle Eastern countries. The illustrations are simple black and white and the tone is very matter of fact, this has a serious message and I loved it.
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