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A must read
Reviewed in India on 6 December 2017
Persepolis is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel in which #MarjaneSatrapi writes about how her day-to-day life was during war times. She was brought up in a liberal family that supported education and didn't believe in the orthodox government regime. The Islamic Revolution which happened in 1979 went on to execute tens of thousands of people who opposed them. There were people fleeing the country, women being punished for not wearing the the veil properly, groups of people arrested for trivial things like partying, innocent people getting tortured for nothing. Often times I just shut the book and kind of took some time to think about these things. The Iran-Iraq war went on for 8 years leading to massive destruction. All of this is explained by a child through her eyes and how she grows up in this environment. She eventually leaves for some years but comes back when the war is over. The way she lived her life was inspiring because she struggled, fell in love with the wrong people, was absolutely devastated, had almost given up but fortunately, found a way to make it right. I loved the book because it wasn't preachy or anything. The book focuses more on her personal journey and gives an insight as to how people live in a war. 10/10 recommended for people like me who have completely no idea what war even means.