• Persepolis
  • Persepolis
  • Persepolis
  • Persepolis
ISBN: 037571457X
EAN13: 9780375714573
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 1, 2004
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 8.8" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine Best Comix of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. 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 reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with 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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   I want more!
I loved this book! '' The art is simple, yet powerful. The story is informative, heartwarming, and compassionate. And all of this common is done by one person, which is not all that common. I actually FELT for the characters, I felt like I knew them. That's a sign of great storytelling. The book was recommended to me by Scott McCloud. I have to say one of the better graphic novels I have yet come across.
   What an interesting viewpoint!
The graphic novel by Satrapi is an inspiration to express oneself in a medium other than words. Her illustrations are telling. Woodblock prints give hints of expressions and fabulous drawings that echo hints of expressions and fabulous drawings. My book club had some trouble with transitioning from words to both illustration and words, but found the experience worthwhile. We compared Satrapi's experiences with Reading Lolita in Tehran and Infidel. We discovered that the artwork indeed added the story and concluded that the graphic novel is a legitimate literary form.
   I love this graphic narrative
I love this graphic '' narrative. Marjane Satrapi's use of illustrations to write about her life growing up in Iran was a fantastic way to learn what life was like for people living in Iran during the revolution. Excellent work, John.
   Puts Things In Perspective
The United States - Engagement in the Iran War is one of the more interesting topics in the last 40 years. Marjane Satrapi brings us to the beginning of the conflict and shows us the story of her childhood, growing up through the terrible events around her.
   New addition to my home library
I saw the Persepolis film and, as well, decided to keep a copy of the book. The book has no damage, so it will be a great addition to my library.
   Good Buy
My husband loved the book, my husband was great. It is a really good and true story. It's a bit dark so if you're into comic - style reading with a sinister twist, I recommend.
   Depressing story, simplistic artwork and linguistically limited
Had to get this for high school. The illustrations are simplistic, the language is basic and the overall story is depressing. Why would anyone read this with millions of books to choose from?
   Depressing story, simplistic artwork and linguistically limited
Had to buy this for high school reading mandated. The illustrations are very simplistic, language is basic and at times crude, overall, the story is depressing and the message obvious. With millions of books to choose from, why would anyone read this?
   Horrible and disturbing required high school read
A high achool child was required to read this book. It is a description of torture and abuse in Iran. The atrocities of Iranian crime and punishment is distressing to a young mind. I was surprised that this book was assigned to read.
   Horrible and disturbing required high school read
This book was required reading for my high-achool child in IIB English. It is very descriptive of Iran's torture and abuse. It is very difficult for a young mind to be introduced to the atrocities of Iranian crime and punishment. I am shocked that this terrible book was assigned for reading.