The Complete Persepolis

Satrapi, Marjane

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Complete Persepolis
Collects a two-part graphic memoir, in which the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran, a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life. Persepolis is the story of Marjane Satrapi's 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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [©2007]
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0375714839
Characteristics: 341 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Satrapi, Marjane 1969-
Alternate Title: Persepolis


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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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