Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return Hardcover – 26 Aug 2004
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"In an industry in which female artists can still be counted on the fingers of a yakuza's hand, her deceptively simple and acutely observed black and white memoirs deserve a wide audience" (Dominic Wells The Times)
"Like Maus, Persepolis is one of those comic books capable of seducing even those most allergic to the genre... The author's masterstroke is to allow us to experience history from within her family, with irony and tenderness." (Liberation)
"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)
Sequel to the critically acclaimed Persepolis: the story of Marjane's challenging adolescence as a high-school student in Austria and later as a Western-influenced young art student in Iran.See all Product Description
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The book is intriguing and takes you with it. Ms Satrapi has a gift of writing with a dark humour which at the same time makes you laugh and cry. It deals with raw emotions of a young child in the middle of the war and turmoil. These emotions are the building blocks of our lives and this makes everyone from different backgrounds understand an empathise with that little girl and in this regard the author should be congratulated.
The cartoons are of great quality and despite simplicity you can see wide range of emotions expressed by the characters.
Living through the war and revolution is not an easy experience, displaying it with humour is a hard task which the author fulfills with proficiency.
On the other hand one must not try to learn Iranian history from this book.
Most of the events are from the eye of a Marxist which makes the narrative biased. In other words seeking iranian revolution history from this book is like learning WW2 history from the film U-571!
Many of the accounts are inaccurate e.g. the last Emperor of Qajar dynasty had no child. Also the fact that the cinema was burned by Shah's regime is something that even the Islamic Republic does not claim now!
All in all I enjoyed reading the book. I recommend it to anyone who wants an emotional account of the revolution and war in Iran.
Best of luck for Ms Satrapi's future books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Persepolis has always been a favourite. So simple in its comic style telling a tale so deep. Great read for anyone looking for that 'something different' and will leave you wanting... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Guy
Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian author and illustrator, now living in France, who was born in what was then called Persia in 1969. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lady Fancifull
An absolutely wonderful telling of Iranian history by means of b/w cartoons. Opening in 1980, when the author, aged 10, is a - not surprisingly outspoken child- of very... Read morePublished 17 months ago by sally tarbox
You wont be able to put down these graphic novels. Absolutely beautiful.Published 19 months ago by Matilda Engelmark
Marjane Satrapi's follow up to her comic book on growing to be a teenager in Iran, is cleverly written, with a wonderful sense of humour, so necessary to survive and handle a very... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Elizabeth Webster
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