The Story of a Childhood
On Sale: June 1, 2004
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Fiction | Graphic Novel
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 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.
paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of
the bewildering contradictions between home life and public
life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on
the individual spirit. 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 stunning reminder of the human cost of war and
political repression. It shows how we carry on, through
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.
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