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The strip tells the story of Satrapi's uncle, who was a virtuoso on a Persian instrument called the tar. His favourite instrument is broken and he cannot find a replacement, and so he determines to go to his room, and die. The strip follows him through his final days and explains about his art, his life, his failed marriage and his lost love.
For me the artwork here is Satrapi's very best. Where elsewhere she can often seem to be at pains to be rather documentary, here she is poignant, personal and inserts some Persian mythology into the mix. A quite enchanting comic book. With work so grown up you don't need to say "graphic novel" to give it false gravitas. Its a comic book and none the worse for that. Beautiful. The final frame left me speechless.
This arrived yesterday evening, and I've just finished reading it tonight, which is probably the quickest I've read a book in my life! After reading Persepolis, I was expecting something longer, but the quality in Satrapi's writing and unique illustrations are second to none. I won't give away too much of the story, but the book is based around the real life of Satrapi's uncle, who takes to his room to die after his beloved Tar is broken by his bitter wife. The book is divided into his final 8 days, and the flashbacks and memories that come to him during that time, which explain the depression he feels. The ending cleverly links back to the beginning of the book, and leaves the reader with a sad, but poignant feeling. A fab read.
"Chicken with plums" is another graphic novel masterpiece by Marjane Satrapi. The Iranian author has the ability of telling a story of sorrow and detachement with such a moving lightness. I highly suggest this book if you want to read a precious tale - as well as Satrapi's other works.