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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First American Edition edition (26 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224074407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224074407
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
I really really loved this book, which I bought because of a couple of glowing reviews in newspapers. Its so good, I'd say you're really missing out if you haven't read it. Everyone I buy it for ends up buying it for their friends too. Basically its the story of a very precocious girl living in Tehran with liberal secular parents and how they live through the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, but its not heavy-going despite that. Its full of both funny and poignant moments, and the author is fairly frank about how as a child she would cause her folks loads of stress. The way she works the story between the words and images is wonderful. Buy it! You'll love it. I'm reserving the next volume right now.
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Maybe you've already read the first Persepolis book, maybe not. If not, I'd say to read volume 1 first, as its utterly brilliant. This volume continues the autobiography of an Iranian girl, but now she's been sent to Austria by her parents to protect her from the strictness of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. She's only 14 and fending for herself in Europe, and as always, this is told with wit and honesty by the author. Its a graphic novel, but don't think 'its only cartoons' because its done with such skill that the pictures and words flow in parallel and give each other more impact than the words alone could possibly have. Torn between shame and pride of her home country and torn by the conflicting pressures teenagers face in Europe she has a tough time of it, but the story always keeps a sense of balance and humour. When circumstances send her back to Iran she's even more confused, now that she seems more westernised than her old friends, but she's no longer seduced by the easy rebelliousness of westernisation. Am I making it sound too heavy? These are big themes but its always told with great wit and verve so there's no sense of preaching, just of fallible people strggling to make sense of complex situations. I waited a year looking forward to seeing this second volume and its great. Treat yourself and your friends -- buy both! By the way, I've bought the first volume for several friends and each of them has then bought copies for other friends of theirs -- once you read it you'll love it.
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Fans of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis 1 will need no encouragement to find out what happened to her next. Persepolis 2 tells the story of Satrapi's teenage years in exile in Switzerland, and early twenties at art school in Teheran. The graphics are as elegantly quirky as in the first book, and the storytelling is touching and witty. A fascinating, economically-told insight into a world I know very little about.
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A remarkable child's-eye view of the Islamic Revolution in Iran from the within. Persepolis successfully uses the medium of comics to disarm the reader and draw him in to provide not just a view from inside the revolution, but a personal view from deep within a family inside the revolution. This makes for a surprisingly intimate and immediate experience of events most Westerners have viewed only vaguely from afar.
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As an Iranian living in the UK reading Ms Satrapi's book took me years back to the hell I experienced as an adolescent during the rule of the Islamic Republic. I remembered the fear of air attacks, went through the same sadness and joys which made most of my formative years.
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.
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This book traces the life of young girl growing up in turbulent times in Iran, beginning with life under the Shah, moving on to the revolution and continuing through the Iran / Iraq war. The girl narrates anecdotes from her own life that provide a thought-provoking window onto the way these events affected ordinary individuals. The choice of a comic strip to portray events of such significance and tragedy has some disadvantages, one being the limits it places on the possibilities of characterization. On the other hand, there are also numerous advantages. The illustrations can at times be quite powerful, the simplicity of the format is used effectively to highlight the stark brutality and poignancy of the events portrayed, and perhaps above all, the graphic novel format makes a story with such important themes accessible to people of all ages.
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