Complete Persepolis, The

Marjane Satrapi
Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom--Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-04-18

Not my usual thing and ultimately not entirely my cup of tea, but still really glad I read it. It was good to get out of my comfort zone and learn about people and cultures I'm not very familiar with. Admittedly, though, I maybe didn't choose my timing well- I started this right after a book that heavily featured the Chinese Cultural Revolution and was also listening to a Filipino-based fantasy at the same time. That was maybe a bit much new/different all at once because it got a little difficult to keep track of the unfamiliar histories.

Reviewed: 2020-09-23
Absolutely fantastic! It's a story of war, loss, rebellion, finding yourself, losing yourself, family, love, heartbreak, and independence. It was life-changing to learn more about a history looked over by our education and media systems. It gave a voice to a revolution that's been purposefully silenced by history. Thank you for the great honor of reading this.
Reviewed: 2019-01-14
well, here you are, my one hundredth book. An amazing read that really helped me learn a lot about Iran (a place I know much too little about). Really amazing.
Reviewed: 2018-09-23

A wonderful coming of age story and a reckoning with history and heritige told with humor, warmth, and incisive wit. 

Reviewed: 2018-03-21

Iconic, fantastic anda pleasure to read. - JPA

Reviewed: 2014-01-01

a book club read. One girl's experience of growing up in Iran during the 80s and 90s, told through pictures and words (cf. Maus). Warts and all, with no whitewash or glossing over.

My first graphic novel. I thought it was a great read that also provides some insight into an Iranian girl's experience.
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