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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 June 2004
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"You've never seen anything like Persepolis—the intimacy of a memoir, the irresistability of a comic book, and the political depth of a the conflict between fundamentalism and democracy. Marjane Satrapi may have given us a new genre."
I grew up reading the Mexican comics of Gabriel Vargas, graduated to the political teachings of Rius, fell under the spell of Linda Barry, Art Spiegelman, and now I am a fan of Marjane Satrapi. Her stories thrummed in my heart for days. Persepolis is part history book, part Scheherazade, astonishing as only true stories can be. I learned much about the history of Iran, but more importantly, it gave me hope for humanity in these unkind times.
—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street and Caramelo
I thought [Persepolis] was a superb piece of work, not only for the child's eye view—the developing child's eye view—of a society unknown to many of us in the west, and feared and suspected in proportion to being unknown.... Satrap has found a way of depicting human beings that is both simple and immediately comprehensible, AND is almost infinitely flexible. Anyone who's tried to draw a simplified version of a human face knows how immensely difficult it is not only to give the faces a range of expression, but also to maintain identities from one frame to the next. It's an enormous technical accomplishment."
--Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.
"I cannot praise enough Marjane Satrapi's moving account of growing up as a spirited young girl in revolutionary and war-time Iran. Persepolis is disarming and often humorous but ultimately it is shattering."
-- Joe Sacco, author of Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde
This witty, moving and illuminating book demonstrates graphically why the future of Iran lies with neither the clerics nor the American Empire.
--Tariq Ali Author of The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity
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—Diana Abu-Jaber, Author of Crescent and Arabian Jazz
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--Shirin Neshat, visual artist/filmmaker
"Readers who have always wanted to look beyond political headlines and CNN's cliches should plunge into this unique illustrated story. Let Marji be your trusted companion, follow her into the warmth of a Persian home and out along Tehran's turbulent streets during those heady days of revolution. Persepolis opens a rare door to understanding of events that still haunt America, while shining a bright light on the personal humanity and humor so much alive in Iranian families today."
-- Terence Ward, author of Searching for Hassan
Blending the historical with the personal is not an easy task, to blend the individual with the universal is even more challenging. But Marjane Satrapi has succeeded brilliantly. This graphic novel is a reminder of the human spirit that fights oppression and death, it is a witness to something true and lasting which is more affective than hundreds of news broadcasts.
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Persepolis 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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- Item Weight : 263 g
- ISBN-10 : 037571457X
- Paperback : 160 pages
- Dimensions : 15.37 x 1.27 x 22.61 cm
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375714573
- Publisher : Pantheon; Reprint edition (1 June 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’ve always loved reading books based in an Islamic country. Khaled hosseini is my favourite author, I can (not really, I’m always left weeping and heartbroken at the end of his books) handle a book with a war setup. Hence I thought I could handle Persepolis. Wow!
Persepolis tells an honest and poignant story of a well-to-do modern family during the political turmoil in Iran from the perspective of a little girl Marjane Satrapi. Marjane has beautiful portrayed the important highlights of her life in Iran during the difficult times. There are some dark tragic moments mentioned from the eyes of a child. There are also generous dose of light humour, Marjane and her family is stuck in a country at war, but they are trying hard to have as normal life as they can.
The ending broke my heart. I don’t want to spoil anything here. But it was so sad and yet so beautifully done. It’s an absolutely beautiful story told in black and white drawing.
The book quality is amazing and the drawings are beautiful.
The added bonus was I got this at a discounted rate of 600 and considering it a hardcover and came in perfect condition , it's totally worth the money !
About the book itself, it a graphic novel and amazing . It gives a good insight about the Iranian lifestyle and beautiful written.
I recommend this book highly.
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The book ends with her departure for Austria in 1983 where her parents sent her to be safe from the dangers of war with Iraq and of internal repression. I am looking forward to reading the sequel Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
PS I am not sure why the author chose the title Persepolis for this book, does anyone know?
Satrapi herself is revealed as a spirited teenage rebel not averse to confrontation with her own parents and to her credit these encounters are candidly, and often comically, repeated no matter how self-absorbed they reveal her to have been.
This is a must read.