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The Complete Persepolis

Satrapi, Marjane

(Book - 2007?)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Complete Persepolis
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Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips. Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up. Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom-- Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon, [2007?]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0375714839
9780375714832
Branch Call Number: GN 955.053 SATRAPI
Characteristics: 341 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,23 cm

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Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells... Read More »

A beautiful and terrifying story of Marjane Satrapi's childhood under the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

List - 10 years of books by: multcolib_lauralw May 12, 2014

Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

A wise, funny, and heartbreaking 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.

A bittersweet coming of age comic about a young girl in Tehran, Iran. If you are new to reading with visuals this is an excellent place to begin.


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Aug 28, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very personal story of a girl growing up and becoming an adult takes on a political dimension because the girl just happens to live in Iran. I liked getting an inside look at Iran during the Islamic Revolution, a view of the world that Americans don't often see. Visually lovely, well-written, accessible and interesting. A memoir with something extra.

A beautifully written graphic novel. It has good points toward the history of recent Iran, but she's written in a way that I felt was a lot more relatable and readable towards the modern reader. Absolutely loved it. Once you read the book though, be sure to find the movie.

Oct 21, 2011
  • khalkhouli rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A must read.

I read that the graphic novel, Persepolis by Satrapi pairs well with the book Before We Were Free by J. Alvarez.

2010 selection for the "One Book, One Philadelphia" community reading program.

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