5 stars of 5
I loved this collection of graphic novels (graphic non-fiction) by Marjane Satrapi. It chronicles her life in pre- and postwar Iran, and her life abroad as a refuge. It’s amazing to see how life in Iran completely changed during a short period of time. Here’s the summary:
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.
This was one of my first forays into the comics world, and I am really glad to have given the genre a chance. I selected this title as December’s Teen Book Club Read, because of its inspirational content. It’s not a straight forward account of overcoming diversity, because it’s mixed with actual teenage, young adult shortcomings and self-consciousness. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
P.S. Persepolis means “City of Persians”.