Persepolis: The Story of an Iranian Childhood Hardcover – 22 May 2003
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Persepolis…has an outward simplicity that utterly beguiles: her black and white drawings resemble old-fashioned woodcuts; her narrative is almost breezily concise -- Rachel Cooke, Royal Academy Magazine
This touching, funny, illuminating memoir deserves a much wider audience. -- Kate Figes, Guardian
The magic of Marjane Satrapi's work is that it can condense a whole country's tragedy into one poignant, funny scene after another. -- Natasha Walter, Independent on Sunday
Persepolis is a stylish, clever and moving weapon of mass destruction. -- David Jenkins, Sunday Telegraph
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- Item Weight : 349 g
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0224064401
- ISBN-13 : 978-0224064408
- Publisher : Jonathan Cape (22 May 2003)
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 2 x 24 cm
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #232,846 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.