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The Complete Persepolis: Now a Major Motion Picture (Pantheon Graphic Library) (Paperback)

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This is a graphic novel, but it's also a memoir, a coming of age story, a history of a revolution, and a story of how family lives on through severe loss. I've seen the movie, read it in English, read it in French, written papers and part of my thesis on it--and I still come back to this book and its narrative. With simple and stark black and white images of her own drawing, Marjane Satrapi tells the story of her childhood growing up during the Iranian Revolution and her struggles as a teenager and young adult when she moves to Europe and back. From talking to people about this book, I've realized how little many people in the United States know about Iran and its culture. While historical accounts of the revolution and Iran can provide context, this book nuances that history with texture and complexity; and it demonstrates how humans survive conflict and grapple with identity in the process.

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Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir.

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.

About the Author

Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris, where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including The New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is the author of Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, and several children's books. She cowrote and codirected the animated feature film version of Persepolis.

Praise For…

"A memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran, Persepolis provides a unique glimpse into a nearly unknown and unreachable way of life... That Satrapi chose to tell her remarkable story as a gorgeous comic book makes it totally unique and indispensable."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780375714832
ISBN-10: 0375714839
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: October 30th, 2007
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Pantheon Graphic Library